Friday, 29 August 2014


Following on from my last page, I've used the paper remnants and the other three photos from our day at Legoland to turn that one into a double page.

I stacked up the photos in a column against the strip of spotty paper, repeated the small embellishment cluster and ran a sub-title up the side of the page. The right side of the page was looking a bit bare, so I made a larger embellishment cluster there, repeating as many elements as possible from the smaller clusters, with some in larger sizes.

The two together look like this:

Cardstock - Papermania
Paper - MME Wild Asparagus, MME On the Sunny Side, Kit 'n' Craft
Washi Tape - October Afternoon
Enamel Dots - Studio Calico
Sequins - from Stash
Ink - Ink It Up!

Sewing Machine
Hobbycraft Star Punch
Woodware Postage Stamp Punch
Woodware Tiny Star Punch
X-Cut Small Circle Punch

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


I'm back with the second August sketch from Paper Secrets, and this time we have to include products starting with the letters of the word CAMP.

My photos are old ones from a family visit to Legoland. I had six 4x6 photos from the day, and three of them could be cropped to use with the sketch. My CAMP products are Circles, American Crafts sticker (sweetness), My Mind's Eye papers and Punched shapes. 

I plan to use the other three photos and the leftover papers to turn this into a double page.

Cardstock - Papermania
Paper - MME Wild Asparagus, MME On the Sunny Side, Kit 'n' Craft
Washi Tape - October Afternoon
Sticker - American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan
Enamel Dots - Studio Calico
Sequins - from Stash
Ink - Ink It Up!


Sewing Machine
Big Shot & X-Cut Headliner Alphabet Die
Woodware Postage Stamp Punch
Woodware Tiny Star Punch

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Cave Chapels

I have loads of photos from Austria, and at the moment I'm scrapping them randomly. Later on I'll put the pages in order and work on filling in any gaps.

I've used the 1st August sketch from Paper Secrets for two photos from the "Catacombs" in Salzburg. Despite being called catacombs, they aren't, as all the websites and guidebooks tell you, but the name seems to have stuck. They are a network of caves in the hillside, and two of the caves contain chapels - the Maximus Chapel and the Gertraudenkapelle. My photos are larger than those in the sketch, so I played about with the size and position of the other elements.

Paper Secrets' sketches all come with the twist of using products beginning with the letters of a given word, and this time the word is SWIM. My items are Stickers, Washi tape, Inked edges and My Mind's Eye paper.

Cardstock - DCWV
Paper - My Mind's Eye Vintage Charm
Letters - Simple Stories
Border Stickers - Crate Paper Farmhouse
Gems - My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline
Washi Tape - Efco
Ink - Docrafts

Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Talk to the Animals

I've said before that I don't scrap chronologically, but I do store my pages in chronological albums. Once an album is taking shape I keep a list of 'missing' pages and the number of photos that each page needs, ready for when inspiration strikes.

One of these missing pages was a five-photo visit to an animal sanctuary, and my inspiration cam along in the shape of a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches last week. My photos were a mixture of portrait and landscape, so I jiggled them about in comparison with the sketch, but the basic plan is the same.

Taking the colour scheme for the page directly from the photos would have given me a mess of greens and browns, so I started by placing my photos on a few different backgrounds, and this stripe seemed to be the best option. The floral paper has the same yellow (same manufacturer, different collection) and the denim is the reverse side of the floral. I'm not a fan of banners, so I based my embellishment on wood veneer circles backed with coordinating patterned paper.

Paper - Crate Paper Neighbourhood, Crate Paper Random
Letters - American Crafts Thickers, Bo Bunny Mamarazzi
Wood Veneer Circles - Studio Calico
Butterflies - Prima
Ink - docrafts, Ink It Up!
Mist - docrafts

X-Cut Scalloped Border Punch
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch
Dovecraft Filmstrip Stamp
Elle's Studio 100% Sweet Stamp

Monday, 18 August 2014

Pocket Scrapping - Norfolk

I'm sharing another pocket page today; this one's from our holiday to Norfolk in May and again it has a few odd photos that just didn't fit with the 12x12 pages I've done from that trip.

Up until now I've used a single colour background per month/trip for my divided pages, but this time I used up an old freebie set of papers in blues and browns. Strangely enough, it's a winter-themed collection but it works rather well with beach photos.

The top row has some narrative about the trip and who went (it was a group holiday, not just our family) plus pictures of our cottage. Row two has a couple of photos from our first day on the beach; these two didn't fit with the 12x12 page that I also made (Wonderful Day). The bottom two photos are my daughter plodding up Beacon Hill (see 103m) and Horsey Windpump looking rather forlorn without its sails, which were undergoing maintenance.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Pocket Scrapping - Disneyland Paris

I've spent more time pushing paper around than sticking one piece to another this week. I have a part-made page that's giving me trouble, so I've put it to one side for now and switched to pocket scrapping instead. I'm mixing divided pages in with my 12x12 pages this year, using all 4x6 landscape pockets. I've scrapped most of our trip to Disneyland Paris on 12x12 pages (three singles and a double) but I had a few more odd photos that I want to include in the album.

The first pocket has a view of the park from the Red Queen's Castle and doubles as a title; the second is my daughter in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. The second row has part of Alice's Curious Labyrinth and then the Big Thunder Mountain roller-coaster. Pocket 5 has some of the film characters in Discoveryland; finally my daughter again, showing off her souvenir Tigger hoodie.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Painting Frauenkopf

I scrapbook; my husband paints. And the two came together on this page.

The sketch is from Challenge #1 of the UKScrappers Summertime Scrapbooking event organised by Niki Rowland. One of the pages already entered (this one by g61) has a photo of a cathedral, paired with one of an artist's work in progress as he sketched the building. I really liked this idea and copied it (with permission) to show off one of my husband's paintings. He's a hill-walker too, and had climbed this mountain a few days before.

Cardstock - Unknown
Paper - MME Vintage Charm, Crate Paper The Pier
Letters - Pebbles, American Crafts
Washi Tape - American Crafts
Gems - Papermania

Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch

Monday, 11 August 2014

Around St Gilgen

Niki Rowland is running a series of Summer Scrapbooking Challenges at UKScrappers this August and September. There are 10 challenges in total and I plan to do most of them, but in no particular order. I'm starting with Challenge 8, which was a sketch.

I picked 6 photos from the village of St Gilgen in Austria, and decided to work with a 6x6 pad to give me lots of coordinating patterns for double-matting the photos. Once I had my two rows of photos as per the sketch, I added a few more layers of paper behind them.

Cardstock - Core'dinations
Paper - MME The Sweetest Thing, MME Quilting Bee 6x6 Pad
Letters - American Crafts Dear Lizzy
Wood Veneer Stars - Studio Calico
Washi Tape - American Crafts
Gems - Papermania
Mist - Docrafts

Big Shot & X-Cut Headliner Alphabet Die
X-Cut Small Circle Punch

Saturday, 9 August 2014


I have a LOT of photos from our holiday in Austria, and I want to be careful how I scrap them. I'm going to need a lot of multi-photo pages, and left to my own devices I tend to put my photos in a block. Nothing wrong with that per se, but I don't want lots of similar pages in my album, so I went hunting among old sketches and old classes for some 'different' ideas.

One layout idea that I unearthed came from a 2012 class at UKScrappers, called & Now for Something Completely Different. It was hosted by Shimelle Laine, and each month she gave us step-by-step instructions to make a new page. The August class was intended for 4 4x4 photos, but I adapted it at the time (Steam Trains), and I've adapted it again here, with four photos from Fuschl, the village where we were staying. I'd intended the top one to be 4x6 but my printer had other ideas, and it didn't skip anything important so I went with the slightly smaller photo.

Paper - MME Cut & Paste, MME Bright 6x6
Letters - Scenic Route
Ink - Ink It Up!

Fiskars Shape Cutter & Circles Template
X-Cut Small Circle Punch

Thursday, 7 August 2014


Stand by for a few pages with German titles, as I begin scrapping our adventures in Austria. Most pages will have English titles, but we really don't have an English equivalent for Rodelbahn - a summer toboggan run down the hillside. My daughter and I both went down this, and then she had a second run, which allowed me to get a few photos of her.

I used the 1st August sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap as the basis for my page, though I moved a few things around. 

Paper - Studio Calico Snippets
Letters - American Craffts Thickers
Stickers - Studio Calico Snippets, MME The Sweetest Thing, Crate Paper DIY Shop
Ink - Ink It Up!

Hobbycraft Star Punch
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Hello Grandma

Another round of the team scraplifting game at Scrap Whispers has come to an end with the Big Reveals last week. This time I was scraplifting a page from Jennifer, and I was initially disappointed to see a single photo page as I don't actually have very many single photos. I know I could have used two smaller pictures or a photo collage in the same space but nothing came to mind. In the end I went all the way back to 1997 for a single photo of my mum and my baby son.

I loved the stitched circles on Jennifer's page but I don't have the skill or the patience to copy them, so I went in another direction with my background, spritzing cardstock with mist through a circles template. I flipped the page to suit the direction that my mum is facing in the photo, and made the tag cluster smaller. The washi tape strips aren't on Jennifer's page, but one of them is covering a small mishap, and the other balances it.

You can see all three chains of pages on the Scrap Whispers blog: Georgina's teamRosey's teamNilsa's team.

Cardstock - Core'dinations (Cloudburst)
Paper - Fancy Pants Little Sport
Letters - American Crafts Thickers, atd
Definition Sticker - Making Memories
Mist - docrafts (Hematite)
Ink - Ink It Up!
Washi Tape - from Stash

Fiskars Circles Template (used as a mask)
Big Shot & Tags Die
Hobbycraft Star Punch

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Photo Scavenger Hunt - Austrian Finds

Hi everyone! Did you miss me? I hope not, as I'd scheduled a run of blog posts while I was on holiday.

We spent last week in the the Salzkammergut, the Austrian Lake District, just east of Salzburg. I always like to get as many photos as possible for Rinda's Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt while I am on holiday, especially if that holiday is in a foreign country.

These are my Austrian finds for this year's hunt:

1. A sign welcoming people to your home town
From my 'home town' for the week

2. A garden gnome
Mine are woodland gnomes - the story of the Gnomes of Seppnhölzl was told on a walk through the woods below Ellmaustein.

4. A group of tourists
Gathered around the font in Salzburg Cathedral with their guide.

5. A rack of post cards
In Fuschl am See

6. An urban street scene
Getreidegasse in Salzburg - notable for its ornate wrought-iron shop signs.

7. A rural landscape
The view from near the summit of Zwölferhorn

8. A tattoo on a person
I didn't see many, but spotted this one on a German holidaymaker at the beach.

9. A bakery
In Salzburg

11. A horn
On the post box of a house in Fuschl am See

16. A sign in a language other than English

17. A lamp post
In Steinbach

18. A waterfall
Just a small one, on the Ellmaubach.

19. A public garden
Mirabellgarten in Salzburg

20. A bus with a picture painted on its sides
A Sound of Music tour bus in Salzburg.

21. You with something representing the season
Me on the water slide into the lake at Fuschl am See. Definitely a summer activity.

Alternative A: A kite, hot air balloon or blimp
How about a paraglider? Above St Gilgen

Alternative B: A bird house
Outside a craft shop in St Gilgen

I'm linking up with some of the other Scavenger Hunters at Rinda's blog where she's hosting a monthly link-up. Why not hop over and see what other people have found so far? The hunt ends on 23 September so there's still plenty of time to join us.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Pocket Scrapping - Paris 2

Following on from my last post, I'm sharing the second divided page from Paris, filled with photos from some of the minor things on the trip.

The first pocket has the Fontaine du Palmier which stands near the Conciergerie and commemorates the victories of Napolean Bonaparte. The second has a view of the Seine from the gardens where we ate our lunch. Then Sacre Coeur in the third; we'd visited before, but we walked up there one evening as the sun was setting. Pocket four has the Colonne du Juillet, commemorating the 1830 Revolution (which replaced Charles V with Louis-Phillippe). The fifth pocket has our quest for ice cream, and the sixth is the Palais de Chaillot.