Friday, 21 March 2014

Coalhouse Fort

The current round of challenges at Scrap Whispers close tomorrow afternoon, so this will be the last page that I enter. It's for Challenge #169 which was 'All About the Favourites'. It's an easy one - to think about your favourite page size, style, technique, subject, embellishments and so on and to use them all to create a layout with plenty of journalling (whether we like journalling or not).
  • My favourite size is 12x12. It means there's plenty of space for photos, writing and pretty papers. I do make smaller pages but I find myself longing for more space when I do. 
  • My style is generally clean and simple; I do love a bit of mist but I'm not one for lots of paints or random stamping. 
  • One of my favourite techniques is hand-stitching, often a circle around the photos. Given a sketch with a circle on it, I'll generally hand-stitch that circle.
  • The main subject of my photos is the places we go, at home or abroad.
  • I don't have a favourite embellishment and don't use a lot of them on my pages. I generally embellish with a few punched shapes and maybe a word sticker or some gems.
  • I use sketches a lot of the time for my pages (as any reader of my blog will know!); sometimes I follow them exactly, and sometimes they are a starting point for something that looks a little different by the time I've finished.
The sketch for this page comes from Brenda Ragsdale at GrandDiva's Creative Corner and is one of the Scrappy Friends challenges for March. I had a pair of 4x6 photos that I wanted to scrap and this sketch seemed to be adaptable enough to do that. I made the paper panels at the top a little larger, and removed the pieces at the bottom of the sketch. True to my favourite technique, I hand-stitched the larger circle part-way around my photos. Finally I rotated the title to run it along the edge of my photos.

Paper - MME The Sweetest Thing, Lasting Impressions, plus Scraps
Letters - American Crafts Thickers
Border Sticker - Bo Bunny Mama-Razzi
Washi Tape - We R Memory Keepers
Thread - DMC
Ink - docrafts

Fiskars Circle Template
Bazzill Paper Piercer


  1. Awesome take on the sketch Amanda Jane and great stitching!!! Thank you for linking up with GCC!

  2. Another beautiful layout! Thanks for playing SW!

  3. You're so patient, hand-stitching the circle, but it's worthwhile because it looks really effective. I'm another big fan of the linear look - this is a lovely page.

    Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap Whispers, and come back soon for the Challenge Winners!
    Rosey x