Monday, 19 February 2018

Black Watch

This is the last of the 'introductory' pages for my cruise album - I always try to make a page with photos of our ship in each port. My itinerary is often on the title page of the album but this time I've combined it with the ship photos.

We were supposed to visit six ports, but one was cancelled due to bad weather so I had five photos from the ports of call and one from Rosyth where we started out. This month's sketch in the For the Love of Pretty Paper Facebook group had six photos so made the perfect starting point to my page, though I needed to rotate it and my photos were larger.

I matted each photo on two papers, mostly from a 6x6 pad which tied in with another of the stash-busting challenges from Lottie Loves Paper, to use six or more 6x6 papers on a page. 

Once the photos were double-matted, they were even larger so I dropped the extra pieces behind them. I also had to move the title as it wouldn't work in the middle.




I added the itinerary to the left of the page, with a few pieces of ephemera, but they needed to be anchored by something so I added the paper strips on the left. All-in-all my page moved a fair distance from the original sketch, but I'm happy with it.

Supplies
Cardstock - Craft Sensations
Papers - Photo Play Boarding Pass, Jillibean Soup, Basic Grey, Echo Park
Letters - Fancy Pants
Stickers - Photo Play, 7Gypsies
Cork Stars - The Works

Tools
American Crafts Notebook Border Punch
Big Shot & Little B Arrows Die

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Road Trip

Having made the title page for my cruise album (Cruise 2017), I'm moving on to one of my 'introductory' pages that come between the title and the first port of call. We live in Essex and our ship left from Rosyth (near Edinburgh) so we turned the journey into a road trip, staying overnight in Durham and Edinburgh en route.

I'll cover some of the stops in more detail in my main annual album, but I did want to include the trip in the cruise album (and bust some of the road trip themed pieces that are in the Boarding Pass collection). I based my page around two main elements - a map of the UK with our stops marked by enamel dots and a column of photos from the places we stopped - Durham Market Hall, Hadrian's Wall, the English-Scottish Border, Jedburgh Abbey, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Forth Rail Bridge.



Supplies
Cardstock - Craft Sensations, Bazzill
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, Simply Creative, Simple Stories
Vellum - American Crafts
Letters - Fancy Pants
Die-Cuts & Stickers - Photo Play Boarding Pass
Enamel Dots/Shapes - Marianne Designs, Stampin' Up!
Ink - Ranger

Tools
Silhouette Portrait & Filmstrip Cut File
Big Shot
X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die
Little B Arrows Die
X-Cut Circle Punch

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Cruise 2017

Two challenges collided to make me do this page next when I'd intended to move on to Akureyri in my cruise album. We're on our third run through the alphabet in the ABC Challenges at UKScrappers and I picked up A for Adventure; also one of the stash-busting challenges from Lotties Loves Paper this month is to use as much ephemera as possible on a page. 

I have the ephemera pack and the sticker sheet from Photo Play Paper's Boarding Pass collection; some of the pieces are more travel-themed than others and I'd mentally reserved them for my title page. One of them has the wording 'It's time for a new adventure' which fits in with the UKScrappers challenge and I used an 'adventure' word sticker too.

We visited three countries on this trip (Iceland, Greenland and Norway) so I picked three scenery photos and printed them at 4x4 to fit across the page with paper strips above and below. I used a vertical strip of navy paper to ground all the die-cut pieces and arranged them in a column, trying to fit them together like a jigsaw puzzle.


I popped a couple of the stickers up on foam squares and scattered a few enamel dots and wood veneer stars into the mix. I cut the title on my Silhouette and added the three country names with letter stickers.

Supplies
Cardstock - Craft Sensations
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, Pink Paislee Memorandum
Letters - Basic Grey
Die-Cuts - Photo Play Boarding Pass
Stickers - Photo Play Boarding Pass, October Afternoon Treasure Map
Wood Veneer - Studio Calico
Enamel Dots/Shapes - Doodlebug
Brad - 7Gypsies
Washi Tape - Tesco
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

Tools
Silhouette Portrait
Kreaxions Circle Cutter 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Lovely

I'm flitting between my cruise pages and challenges that take my fancy but can't be done as part of the cruise album, and this page falls into the latter category. This month's sketch at UKScrappers with two circles of stitching and some trees in the embellishment caught my eye and made me think of scrapbooking a Christmas tree photo. (I can't copy the sketch here, but it's on the link if you are interested).


Lottie Loves Paper have a series of stash-busting challenges this month, and the fifth one was "Small is Beautiful" - use up your tiny embellishments. I was originally going to spread some Christmas brads and other small pieces out around the stitched circles, but I changed tack and decided to fill in the gap between the two circles with the smallest pieces I could find instead. My provisional title for the page was "Red, Green and Gold" and I stuck to that colour scheme, starting with gold enamel hearts and chipboard stars, then brads in all three colours and finally filling in the gaps with gems. I store most of my embellishments by colour and when I found a glittery die-cut of the word "lovely" in my red drawer that became my title instead. I layered it over an acetate circle from the gold drawer and I love that the circle looks like a Christmas bauble.



Supplies
Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - Basic Grey Serenade, OneCanoeTwo Creekside
Chipboard Stars - Studio Calico
Enamel Hearts - Marianne Designs
Acetate - Studio Calico
Brads - 7Gypsies, Dovecraft, Papermania
Gems - TPC Studio, Papermania, ZVA Creative
Embroidery Thread - DMC

Tools
Fiskars Circle Template

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Austurvöllur

Austurvöllur is the main square in Reykjavik, and it borders both the Alþingishúsið (Parliament House) and the cathedral (which I've already scrapbooked here). The Alþingishúsið was the fifth of the photos that I considered when making my Historic Houses page but I thought that it was best scrapped as part of this page with an general view of the square and a close-up of the central statue (Jón Sigurðsson, a nineteenth century campaigner for Icelandic independence from Denmark).

My page design is another one from Shimelle's A Most Magical Scrapbook class. Hers had a 4x3 photo next to the 4x6s, and I originally printed my statue photo at that size but I felt that it dominated the page so I reprinted it at 3x2. 





This is the last page for Reykjavik and I've also finished Olden. I still have a page each to make from Tasiilaq and Ålesund and I've barely touched Akureyri and the trip we took from there so maybe I should focus on that next.

Supplies
Cardstock - Craft Sensations, Bazzill
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, Echo Park Note to Self, Pink Paislee Memorandum
Letters - Jillibean Soup
Puffy Stickers - Fancy Pants, Bella Boulevard
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

Tools
Big Shot
X-Cut Bunting Mini Dies
X-Cut Tag Die
Spellbinders Circles Dies
X-Cut Circle Punch
Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch


Friday, 9 February 2018

Historic Houses

This page is a "twin" to one I made a couple of weeks ago. That page (Town Park) was the first one that I made for my cruise album that was a flat grid rather than being made from layers of paper, so it was a design principle that I wanted to repeat elsewhere.

We saw various historic buildings in Reykjavik and I had five that I had wanted to include in the album, but didn't want to give each one a whole page, and I was undecided as to how to combine them. While making the Town Park page (which had one large and three small portrait photos) I decided to repeat it rotated for landscape photos this time. I've used pictures of four of the buildings on this page and kept one of the Parliament for another page.




Supplies
Cardstock - Craft Sensations, Bazzill
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, Echo Park Winter Park
Letters - Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye
Washi Tape - Little B, Unknown
Puffy Stickers - Fancy Pants
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

Tools
Big Shot
Little B Arrows Die
Dovecraft Stars Die
X-Cut Circle Punch

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Bounce!

With all the new collections being released shortly, Lottie Loves Paper are setting a series of stash-busting challenges this month so that we can clear out before we restock. Prompt 2 was "Go Sticker Crazy" and I decided to use up an old pack of alpha stickers. I bought these and the matching paper back in 2011 and although I've used almost all the paper the stickers have languished in my stash. I found that they're a bit big for titles, there's only one of most letters and the mix of patterns was overwhelming.
I arranged and rearranged them on the page (luckily they are cardstock and not too sticky) and came up with two basic choices, either a rigid row by row arrangement which filled the page, or fitting the letters together more closely while rotating some of them to fit which filled about two-thirds of the page. I much preferred the look of the latter, which also fitted better to the carefree nature of the photo I picked. I filled in some of the gaps with punctuation pieces and enamel shapes and outlined all the stickers.

My photo is a very old one of my son and his friend. I embellished directly over a shadowy corner, and added the title in black foam letters to contrast with the flat patterned letters in the background. 



Supplies
Paper - Pink Paislee, My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus
Black Letters - Papermania
Letter Stickers - My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus
Ticket - Basic Grey
Leaves - Unknown
Enamel Shapes - Marianne Designs
Ink - Ranger

Tools
Big Shot & Little B Arrows Die
X-Cut Corner Punch