Friday, 19 July 2013

Aidensfield or Goathland?

A new round of the scraplifting game is about to start over at Scrap Whispers and the first weekly challenge is up too. Challenge #146 is to make a 'linear' page - lots of rectangles and squares but no circles, flowers or hearts, in fact no curved lines at all. 

I decided on a collage of patterned paper across the full width of the page, and flipped through my photo albums, settling on two photos of Goathland in Yorkshire which doubled up as "Aidensfield" in Heartbeat. The photos are from 2003 when Heartbeat was still running and lots of the buildings appeared as they were in the television programme. I've already made a page from the same day so I picked the same collection of papers and used a lot of the scraps to make my collage.

I've just realised that I missed off the question mark that I planned to use. I've added it now, but not taken a new picture. 

Cardstock - American Crafts
Paper - Echo Park This & That Charming
Letters - American Crafts Thickers
Ink - docrafts

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Sunday Morning on the Beach

This page was so much quicker to complete than the last one, and I'm so happy about that. It was inspired by a sketch in the July 'Old Stash New, New Stash SU' prompt at UKScrappers, though I didn't stick too closely to the original.

My photo shows my son, daughter, niece and nephew on the beach in April. It was bitterly cold and windy but we were at the coast so we walked on the beach. I mentally picked out this paper a while back, but I wasn't sure how to tie the photo and the background together and I didn't want to obscure too much of the background paper. The circle on Leanie's sketch was the perfect solution and I pared back the other elements to keep most of the background paper on show.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - Creative Imaginations, Pink Paislee Prairie Hill
Letters - Lily Bee
Gems - Dovecraft
Ink - docrafts
Chalk - Readicut Craft

Kreaxions Circle Cutter

Monday, 15 July 2013

Ready to Hike

This page has been a long time in the making, I've been working on it for days in a few minutes here and a few minutes there, but it's finally finished. It has its roots even further back as I am using the June Simple Recipes prompt from UKScrappers. The recipe colours last month were ice blue, turquoise hue and green gold and I knew that I had a swirly floral paper with just those colours, but I couldn't find it! After deciding that I must have already used the other side, I gave up looking, and found it! It's from Fancy Pants' Winterland collection and also has little snowflakes in the pattern so I looked back to photos from last winter and picked one of my daughter and her team-mates at the beginning of a scout hike in the snow.

There is an optional sketch in the Simple Recipe, but it didn't suit my needs. A single photo and a paper that I wanted to show took me to Shimelle's blog to use Sketch 7 from her Sketch to Scrapbook Page video series instead.

Further optional ingredients from the recipe were washi tape, patterned letter stickers and new stash. I did use the washi tape, which is itself new stash, but not the patterned letters.

Cardstock - American Crafts
Paper - Fancy Pants Winterland (plus Scraps)
Letters - American Crafts, Jenni Bowlin Studio
Snowflakes - from Stash
Brads - Papermania
Washi Tape - The Range
Ink - Dovecraft

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Photo Scavenger Hunt - A Fence

One of the items from Rinda's Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt that I thought I would be able to find easily was the fisherman (no. 19). There is a fishing club based at a nearby lake and I thought Sunday morning would be a good time to visit. Sadly, the best I could do was the rods and shelter as the fishermen themselves were having a chat further away from the lake and I didn't fancy asking them to pose for me. I'll have to keep trying. 

Happily, I walked past lots of fences and this photo is my favourite so far; it's the fence beside the path down to the lake.

It may not be my final entry into the Scavenger Hunt, but it's another item crossed off the list.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Cut the Cake

When I blogged my last page, I said that I had enough photos for two pages from my friends' wedding day, so I carried on and made the other page too. Same background, same papers, similar style with blocks of patterned paper, matted photos and my title on washi tape. I also duplicated the tag, though this one is much smaller and is purely decorative. However, when I had finished, the page still looked unfinished; some parts were too empty and they needed more embellishment. I had a rummage around and decided on a diagonal scattering of gems and sequins, which I hope look a little like confetti. I also went back to the previous page and added a few gems and sequins to that one too.

Paper - Echo Park Yours Truly, Pebbles New Addition, Pebbles New Arrival
Letters - Prima 
Sticker - Royal & Langnickel
Washi Tape - Queen & Co 
Ink - Ink It Up!
Eyelet, Gems and Sequins - from Stash

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Sumit and Kathryn

There's a challenge going on at UKScrappers this summer called 'We Challenge You', where we have to complete a set of seven layouts and one card; that's one for each of their regular challenges and classes, one from the Break It Down class and one with a photo from the photography prompts. I've done some of these anyway, and it seems like a good idea to complete the set.

This page arose from the SNAP:2013 photography challenges (a different  subject to capture each week). Some of the prompts were quite strange (e.g. a kitchen utensil) and some more mundane, but there weren't many that readily translated onto a scrapbook page that I wanted to make. However the prompt for Week 16 was my saviour - Weddings. I have lots of unscrapped wedding photos. I picked this particular wedding to scrap because I only have a small number of photos, enough for this page and one other of the happy couple cutting the cake. 

The bride chose a pink wedding dress rather than traditional white, so I picked a pink colour scheme for my page. I had originally intended to use green too (I had a beautiful pink and green floral paper picked out) but as I assembled the page a monochromatic scheme just worked better. My papers actually came from two baby girl collections, but there's nothing babyish about them at all.

My journalling about the day is on the page, but there is more on the tag behind the square photo, explaining who Sumit and Kathryn are as they don't appear anywhere else in my albums at present. Sumit was a school friend and so he will appear in some of my albums when I scrap those older photos.

Paper - Echo Park Yours Truly, Pebbles New Addition, Pebbles New Arrival
Letters - Prima 
Stickers - Royal & Langnickel
Washi Tape - Queen & Co 
Ink - Ink It Up!
Eyelet & Thread - from Stash

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Dragon River Baby

The latest round of the team game at Scrap Whispers came to a close at the end of June and all our pages have been revealed on their blog this week. I've explained it before, but basically three teams (led by Georgina, Nilsa and Rosey) make a chain of scrapbook pages from the same starting point by scraplifting the person before them.

I was scraplifting Georgina, here are the two pages:

I decided to stick with the single photo and picked a theme park ride photo, from Dragon River at Chessington. We're facing towards the right so I moved the photo to the left of my page and lined up everything flush with the left edge. I loved the way Georgina had done her title, by cutting it out and backing it with patterned paper, but I don't have an electronic die cutter so I couldn't do this. My version was to use the same sticker font in three colours for my title, and I used them as the basis of my colour scheme. I did punch a row of circles and backed them with paper in another place on the page for a similar look. I was going to drop the banners at the top of the page, but there was a space next to my title that needed filling. I realised that I could use the circles I had punched and make one single banner with my son's initials on it. I would have liked to write my journalling above and below my main page elements as Georgina did, but there was too much for two rows so I wrote it all at the bottom.

You can see all three chains, and how much they varied from the starting page  on the Scrap Whispers blog: Georgina's team; Rosey's team; Nilsa's team.

Cardstock - Bazzill (White)
Paper - Crate Paper Random, plus scraps from Imaginisce, Sandylion and others
Letter Stickers - Papermania
Rub-On Letters - HOTP
Washi Tape - Trimcraft
Border Sticker - Sandylion
Ink - Ink It Up!

Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch
Hobbycraft Star Punch