Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A Crafty Advent Calendar

Back at the beginning of November, there was some discussion on Facebook about the lack of any scrapbooking or craft advent calendars being commercially available. You can now get advent calendars with a wide array of "fillings" - chocolate, Lego, tea, make-up and candles to name just a few - but none for scrapbookers. This set me thinking, and inspired me to set up an advent calendar swap via Facebook; I posted in a couple of UK scrapbooking groups and soon gathered together 21 like-minded individuals. We all filled our envelopes with goodies, the others sent them to me, I swapped them round and sent back 24 different envelopes filled with titbits for a crafty December.

These were my envelopes, simply 4" x 12" strips of pretty paper folded and washi-taped, decorated with a stamped tag saying 'on the nice list' and the number 14:


Sorting out all the envelopes before sending them to their new homes:


All my envelopes arranged in a basket ready for opening:


This was the first time that I've ever organised anything like this and it's been a lot of fun. I think the other ladies are enjoying it too. There have already been a few comments about what they will do for next year's swap!


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Going Up

Still in Austria for this page, with pictures from a summer toboggan run. This is something that I've only seen in Austria; we went on one two years ago too (Rodelbahn). There are two tracks on the hillside, you are pulled up one on your toboggan and then you move across to the other track to hurtle back down again. Great fun, and slightly scary going round the corners.

Sadly we only have photos of us going up; whether this is due to camera malfunction or operator incompetence hasn't been settled yet. Our daughter had her hand over her face in her photo, so I'm using two of our son and me. They are so similar that they didn't sit well next to each other on the page so I looked for an alternative layout among recently published sketches, turning up this one from Stuck?! Sketches. I flipped it horizontally to suit the direction we are facing in the photos and moved the journalling down below the title. That title is clearer in real life, but I do wonder if I should have used darker letters for it.


Supplies
Paper - Pink Paislee Atlas, American CRafts/Shimelle
Letters - Fancy Pants
Tag - Pink Paislee Atlas
Flair - Imagine That!
Enamel Shapes - Pink Paislee Atlas
Pearls - Scrapberry's
Ink & Mist - Docrafts

Tools
Big Shot & Little B Arrows Dies

Friday, 2 December 2016

Burgl

We spent one day of our holiday in Austria this summer using the ferry from my last page to visit all the lakeside villages. As we approached one called Strobl, we could see a wooden walkway running round this hill to the left of the village. A quick look at the map revealed a circular walk around the hill (called Burgl which I think means little mountain).

I picked one large photo plus two smaller ones and arranged them in a grid with spaces left for title and journalling. Dead simple but I like it; this way the focus is on the photos.


Supplies
Paper - Pink Paislee Atlas
Letters - Hobbycraft
Sticker - Jillibean Soup
Washi Tape - Unknown
Brads - My Mind's Eye
Enamel Hearts - My Mind's Eye, American Crafts/Shimelle
Ink & Mist - Docrafts

Tools
Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Wolfgangsee Schifffahrt

I do love a German compound word, and I'll use a few of them for my page titles for our Austrian holiday. Schifffahrt means something like ship-ride and is the ferry service on Wolfgangsee (or Lake Wolfgang). My page has photos of two of those ships - Kaiser Franz Josef I is a paddle steamer built in 1873, the first ferry on the lake and still in use during the summer months, and Ã–sterreich, a more modern ship that we actually travelled on. We spent a day using the ferries to visit the other villages around the lake.

One of the prompts in Shimelle's Design Decisions class was about using grids, but her page wasn't what I expected. I think of grids meaning all the elements on the page being the same size and shape, but Shimelle put a grid of embellishments and journalling alongside standard 4x6 photos. My page is similar, but I didn't have room to journal on my grid so I moved that to the top of the page.




Supplies
Paper - Webster's Pages Seaside Retreat, Pink Paislee Atlas
Vellum - My Mind's Eye
Letters - American Crafts, KaiserCraft
Ink - Docrafts

Monday, 28 November 2016

We Are Sailing

This is another Austrian page, with a family photo taken on board the lake ferry. I worked from one of the prompts in Shimelle's Design Decisions class, but used a larger photo instead of a small one and a journalling block.



Supplies
Paper - Pink Paislee Atlas
Vellum - My Mind's Eye
Letters - Freckled Fawn, KaiserCraft
Die Cut - My Mind's Eye

Washi Tape - Ebay
Stickers - Anita's Glitterations, Studio Calico
Enamel Dots - American Crafts/Shimelle
Sequins - Jillybean Soup
Ink - Docrafts

Tools
X-Cut Circle Punch

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Tubing Today

My daughter and I went tubing in Austria, sitting in big rubber rings and being pulled round the lake  by a speedboat. We'd never done anything like it before and it was such fun. I picked three photos and printed them at 4x6 for this page. I used a default layout for three landscape pictures, stacking them in a column, but I overlapped them slightly and used small angles to convey a sense of fun rather than stacking them in line for a more serious look.



I've made many similar pages in the past, and I normally put the title and journalling near the bottom of the page; this time I decided to change that and put them near the top. I was going to use a tag for the journalling but I found this one with the word 'Today' on it and turned it into part of my title and wrote directly on the background instead.

Supplies
Paper - American Crafts/Dear Lizzy Happy Place, Pink Paislee Atlas, Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine
Tag & Instagram Card - Pink Paislee Atlas
Letters - American Crafts
Washi Tape - Ebay
Epoxy Stickers - Ebay
Enamel Shapes - Pink Paislee Atlas
Ink - Docrafts

Tools
Big Shot & Little B Arrows Die
Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch
X-Cut Small Circle Punch

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Elektroboot

As you might have guessed, elektroboot is German for electric boat, and we hired one while in Austria this summer. It was really peaceful to be pootling around on the water in complete silence (or it would have been if the children hadn't kept squabbling over who had had the longer turn at driving).

I picked out four photos for the page, two of the children and two of shrines that we saw from the water. I wanted a casual look to the page, rather than lining up the pictures in a row or block, and I went back to the October 15th sketch from Stuck?! Sketches

My larger photos and the mix of orientations meant that I had to move some elements around and my page evolved as I worked, though I made sure to keep the two circles with the major embellishment clusters. 

I had cut the chevron pieces for another page but not used them and I love them here. There's not actually much from Atlas on this page but I've repeated elements like the tag and the filmstrip paper from other Austrian pages so I think it will still fit in.




Supplies
Paper - My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste, American Crafts Shimelle, Pink Paislee Atlas
Vellum - American Crafts Dear Lizzy
Journalling Card - Elle's Studio
Tag - Pink Paislee Atlas
Letters - Glitz Design
Stickers - Anita's Glitterations, Jillibean Soup, Studio Calico, Ebay
Enamel Dots/Stars - Pink Paislee Atlas
Ink - Docrafts
Mist - Mister Huey's, Cosmic Shimmer

Tools
Fiskars Shape Cutter & Circles Template
Big Shot & Little B Arrows Dies