Sunday, 22 October 2017

Reykjavik Cathedral

I'm staying with Reykjavik today for this page featuring the Cathedral. The page design comes from the recent A Most Magical Scrapbook class run by Shimelle Laine. She was making a Disney album, but the prompts and page designs are pretty versatile rather than being specifically Disney-esque.

I had three photos of the cathedral, and considered stacking them in a column, but with one picture of the outside and two of the inside, I felt they would be better separated, and this design with three 4x6 photos and an extra 4x6 block worked better than the column.

Shimelle used her extra block for lots of embellishment, but it seemed like an obvious place for my title and journalling with just a little embellishment that I repeated diagonally opposite in a smaller size. 

Cardstock - Craft Sensations, Bazzill
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, Echo Park Winter Park, My Mind's Eye Hello World, Basic Grey
Letters - Echo Park Note to Self
Washi Tape - Little B, Tesco
Enamel Dots - American Crafts/Shimelle, Simple Stories
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

Big Shot
X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die
Little B Arrows Dies
Dovecraft Nesting Stars Die

Friday, 20 October 2017


I'm sticking with our cruise for now, and sharing a page from Iceland. Sólfar, the Sun Voyager, is a sculpture on the waterfront in Reykjavik, commissioned to commemorate the bicentenary of the city. 

The page is based on the fourth of the Five Sketches in Five Days posted by Lottie Loves Paper on Facebook at the start of the month, though I've played with the paper layers and moved the line of embellishments down below my photos.

The arrow card behind my title is an old tag from Amy Tangerine which I trimmed down a little, and then tucked the tag end into the opposite corner so that lighter kraft colour appears in two places. The map print stars are old too, and have appeared in two previous cruise albums, so I'm keen to get them used up.

Cardstock - Craft Sensations
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, October Afternoon, Basic Grey, Pink Paislee
Letters - Basic Grey
Tag - American Crafts/Amy Tangerine
Stickers - October Afternoon, Studio Calico
Gems - Papermania
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

Big Shot, Little B Arrows Dies & X-Cut Travel Dies
Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch
American Crafts/Shimelle Starshine Stamp Set
X-Cut Circle Punch

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Hidden Talent

At the beginning of the month, Lottie Loves Paper posted Five Sketches in Five Days over on Facebook. I started in the middle, with Sketch 3 which was originally published by Page Maps back in 2012.

I picked a couple of photos of my son learning ballroom dancing on our cruise, and flipped the sketch horizontally to suit the direction of travel in the photos. I'm doing the whole album on kraft cardstock so put the spotty paper behind the other page elements to break up the expanse of kraft.

My page morphed away from the sketch as I worked, as I moved things around the page, but hopefully you can still see where it started from.

Cardstock - Craft Sensations
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, We R Memory Keepers
Letters - Fancy Pants
Die Cuts & Sticker - Photo Play Boarding Pass
Cork Stickers - Freckled Fawn
Enamel Dots - Marianne Designs
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

X-Cut Circle Punch
X-Cut Corner Punch

Monday, 16 October 2017

Gilwell 24

The page I scraplifted.
This was the fourth and final page that I made in the recent Scrap Whispers game at UKScrappers. We've passed a scrapbook page from one person to the next and scraplifted it in turn, and I was last to play in this chain.

I initially picked a single photo for my page, but then decided that I could squeeze in a few small ones as well. They come from Gilwell 24, 24 hours of scouting activities held each summer in Gilwell Park, which my daughter and her friends attended earlier this year.

I kept the inked background, the two paper panels, the placement of the large photo in the corner, and the scattering of embellishments, but this is by no means a faithful copy of the page I was given. 

Paper - My Mind's Eye 29th Street Market, My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus
Letters - Chatter Box, Basic Grey
Butterflies - Prima
Pearls - The Hobby House
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

American Crafts Simple Scallop Border Punch

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A Scraplift Starting Point

Jan's Page
Something a bit different today, as I'm sharing an unfinished page. I sometimes make these 'starting point' pages in order to kill a kit or collection, but this one came from the recent game of Scrap Whispers at UKScrappers

The third page that I was given to scraplift had these lovely sprays of flowers on the diagonal, which drew me to a large scrap of Teresa Collins paper with a floral that was perfect for fussy-cutting. 

However, having ploughed through 30 years of photos I had to conclude that I didn't have any photos to work with the pinks and green of that scrap, and I reluctantly decided to proceed without one for now. I tracked down some matching paper papers from two 6x6 pads and layered them in the middle, tucked my flower sprays into opposite sides, added swirls of gems and spattered the diagonal with silver mist. Looking back at Jan's page, I realised that I had forgotten to stitch that circle, an element I'd intended to keep, and added that too.

I really like this page with its soft colours and delicate flowers; I hope I take a suitable photo before too long, and I have silver letters ready for a title once I get that far.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - Teresa Collins Something Wonderful, We R Memory Keepers Love Notes, KaiserCraft Secret Bird Society
Gems - ZVA Creative
Mist - Mister Huey's
Thread - DMC

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Wet & Wacky

I'm stepping away from the cruise photos for a brief interlude caused by the game of Scrap Whispers that's just finished over at UKScrappers. The game involves passing a page from one person to another in turn with each one scraplifting the person before them to produce a chain of related pages. 

The page that I received from Craftpopsy at the start of the second week was a lovely mixed media piece that I knew just wouldn't fit with the other cruise pages, so I had to switch to something else. I don't have very many single photos left, and nothing that I wanted to crop and scrap in this style, so I mulled it over for almost a week before I got going with this page. 

My daughter is an explorer scout and her leader recently posted some photos on Facebook from an outdoor games evening. They weren't great quality, and I might not ordinarily have scrapped them, but they were a good subject for the playful nature of that run of circles. I decided to use two of them and picked a 6x6 pad with some soft greens, yellows and aquas for my circles.

I started the right side page with distress inks and the packaging technique, smooshing a mix of ink and water on to the page, used a stencil for a grid of dots (which mostly got covered up) and flicked three colours of mist over the top. On the left, I changed Craftpopsy's hearts to stamped stars and coloured them in with the same distress ink. I cut and layered up my circles before stamping asterisks on and around them, and adding tiny pearls. Finally I spattered another colour of mist over the circles and doodled a border around the right side of the page which was feeling unfinished. 

Cardstock - Colorset
Paper - My Mind's Eye Bright 6x6 Pad
Pearls - The Hobby House, Kanban Crafts
Ink - Hobbycraft, Ranger, 
Mist - Mister Huey's, Docrafts, Cosmic Shimmer, Maya Road

Banana Frog 'Circus Stories' Star Stamp
American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Asterisk Stamp
Dreamweaver 'Background Dots' Stencil

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Now & Then

For the last month, we've been playing a new game of Scrap Whispers over at UKScrappers. The idea is similar to that of Chinese Whispers, but with scrapbook pages. We played in teams of four and each passed a scrapbook page from one person to the next, scraplifting it in turn to make a chain of related pages.

Shimelle's Page
I started my chain with a page scraplifted from one of Shimelle Laine's 'Friday Live' videos on Facebook. The pair of vertical 4x6 photos was exactly what I needed for a 'Now & Then' page from the Briksdal Glacier in Norway.

We first visited the glacier in 2008 and knew that the ice had retreated substantially since then so I had planned a comparison page even before we went away, and this was the first page I made when we came home.

It seems that one thing I can't account for was the change in lighting/camera as the old photo is rather browner than new, and the true colour is probably somewhere in between.

When I collected my supplies together for this album, I had a plan of repeating this globe stamp from Shimelle throughout the album, and filling it with various papers to match the different pages. I hadn't originally intended to add the word stickers, but having added one on this page, I've repeated them on all my globes so far.

Cardstock - Craft Sensations
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, Echo Park Winter Park
Vellum - My Mind's Eye Necessities
Letters - American Crafts
Numbers - Basic Grey
Puffy Stickers - MAMBI
Word Stickers - Tim Holtz
Washi Tape - Tesco, Little B
Enamel Dots - Studio Calico
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Mister Huey's

Big Shot, X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die & Spellbinders Circle Die
Shimelle Starshine Stamp Set