Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Sailing By

Scrapbooking challenges are easy when a sketch matches up with a page that's in your head! One of the six sketches that make up this month's challenge in the For the Love of Pretty Paper scrapbooking group had two row of portrait photos, and I have a set of ship photos that I envisaged scrapping as two columns. Rotating the sketch gave me the perfect pairing.

My photos are from earlier this year when the tall ships race left Greenwich, accompanied by a 'parade of sail' for the first part of their journey. We live near the Thames and drove to Rainham Marshes to watch them sail by.

There's not a lot of colour in my photos other than the blues of the sky and water, which I didn't want to repeat in my papers, so I tried them against various backgrounds, looking for an interesting pattern that wouldn't overwhelm the pictures. I eventually picked a pink polka dot on mottled grey background that reminded me of clouds and matted all my pictures on burgundy cardstock, which contrasted nicely with both the photos and the background.

The banners in the centre of the sketch became one vertical strip of anchor paper, and I moved the title to replace one of the photos (along with my journalling).

Paper - Fancy Pants Country Boutique, Kesi Art Kiss My Neon, Studio Calico Atlantic, American Crafts/Amy Tangerine
Letters - American Crafts
Stickers - Studio Calico
Enamel Dots - Doodlebug

Monday, 24 July 2017

Thali Mondays

This month we have not just one sketch challenge in the For the Love of Pretty Paper Facebook group, but six. I'm running out of month but I will do most of them eventually. I've started with Sketch 4, and combined it with one of the alphabet challenges in the same group; we're picking a random letter of the alphabet each week and a couple of weeks ago the challenge was F is for Food.

These photos are of my husband's dinner on the last two visits to our local Indian restaurant. They offer a Thali on Monday nights which consists of a platter with smaller portions of a starter, two mains, a side, rice and a naan, and you have a free choice of almost anything on the menu. Excellent value for money and a good way to sample new dishes.

I stayed fairly close to the sketch in this occasion, just swapping over the positions of title and embellishment, and working with small angles to my layers rather than having everything squared up.

Paper - Glitz Design Sunshine in my Soul
PL Card - Crate Paper Boys Rule
Letters - American Crafts
Word Sticker - Glitz Designs
Washi Tape - Little B
Puffy Stickers - Fancy Pants
Enamel Dots - Marianne Designs

Big Shot & X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die

Saturday, 22 July 2017

A Week of Walks

This page has been fizzing around in my head for a couple of months now, and I finally got it down in paper due to a weekly alphabet challenge in the For the Love of Pretty Paper Facebook group. We're going through the alphabet in random order, and recently had J for Journey so I took the opportunity to record not one journey but six, the walks we did each day on holiday at Easter.

Silhouette Vacation Photo Frame
My page was inspired by a cut file from the Silhouette store, but I wanted to hand-stitch the circles on my page. 

I picked a photo of our holiday cottage for the centre circle and then one from each day radiating around it, choosing photos that had the best sense of movement (or journey!) through the landscape. I cropped them to circles and arranged them around the page until I was happy with their positions. Then I was able to mark out and stitch all the frames, always a lengthy task.

This page will be the first one from our holiday in the album, and act as an introduction to the week. There's a bit of journalling to summarise the week, plus I've captioned each photo with the day and location.

Paper - Flair Designs, 7Gypsies
Letters - Pink Paislee, Basic Grey
Stickers - Paperchase, WHSmith
Pearls - Kanban Crafts
ink - Ranger

Fiskars Shape Cutter & Circles Template
Kreaxions Circle Cutter
Big Shot & Little B Arrow Die

Thursday, 20 July 2017

25 Days of Scrapbooking Words: 7-18 July

This month, Shimelle is sharing 25 prompts for scrapbooking titles and journalling on Instagram and in the Facebook group Scrapbook Like a Superhero. She's also discussed each prompt a little further in this blog post. Rather than joining in daily, I'm sharing here in two batches.

7. Oh Happy Day
Not a title I've ever used, but I was making this page as the prompts were published, and I was stuck for a title so I (almost) used it. I just changed it to Happy Days since my journalling was about many happy days rather than just the one that the photos came from.

8. A Single Word
I'm copying Shimelle here in picking my most recent page with a single word title; this is from mid-May.

9. Sing a Song
I made this page for a National Scrapbooking Day challenge, but not blogged it yet. I'd thought of the title while on the walk and saved making the page for a 'song title' challenge since I was sure NSD would throw one up, but then I actually entered it in a tic-tac-toe instead.

10. Something Big
I had one photo from last Christmas day and it wasn't particularly good, so I went with a large title to add some impact to the page.

11. Something Small
I could look at this prompt in two ways - either the smallest letter stickers that I've used, or a title that takes up the smallest space on the page. However I think this older page wins on both counts.

12. Something Stacked
Not something that I do very often, and I thought that my example for this prompt would involve a Silhouette cut file (where I can stack up the words and manipulate the fonts to make them all the same length) but then I came across this page.

13. Something Tall
I used a tall, skinny font on this page, enabling me to get a long title into a small space. I also placed the letters a little closer together to reinforce the meaning of the words in the title.

14. Something Simple
Most of my titles are very simple; for travel/holiday pages they are usually just the name of the place or building. Here's one from our holiday last year:

15. Something Said
I really didn't think I had a page for this prompt, but going back to 2011 I found one with my children and their cousins playing in the garden. One of their favourite games at the time was to all pile on top of each other in a heap, while shouting 'Bundle'. The tag on the right tucks behind the top photo.

16. So Much Colour
On the whole, I don't like mixed colour fonts, and I stopped buying multi-coloured letter stickers years ago, but I still have a few and sometimes mixed colours are the only way to go, like this one.

17. Puntastic
I haven't found a page for this prompt; when I do think of a 'punny' title I run it past my daughter and/or husband, and the pitying looks they give me (that's not funny, and how on earth do you think it is?) stop me from going further.

18. Repetition
Shimelle suggests using an opening phrase as a title, and starting each paragraph of journalling with the same phrase. I did something similar for one of the pages I made for a recent cruise album. I wanted to include all these photos in the album, but they were random shots from the day, taken at different times and different locations. I linked them all with the title 'Look Around' and started each paragraph with the word 'look': look up; look sharp; look down; look across; look out to sea.

There are 13 more prompts to come and I'll share my responses to them with you at the end of the month.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Outdoors Birthday Card

I had a card-making frenzy last month as our family and friends have lots of birthdays in June. One of those is my husband's and his hobbies include hill-walking and painting, so I turned to the former for this card. 

I bought several packets of these trees a good few years ago, and had just one left so I decided to design the card around it. It's very simple - a map background, a circle of cardstock and a strip of sentiment paper.

Paper - 7Gypsies Avignon, Craft Creations
Tree - Jolee's 

Fiskars Shape Cutter & Circles Template

Sunday, 16 July 2017

To Have and To Hold

Elaine's Page
Today I'm sharing the fourth and final page that I made for the Scrap Whispers game at UKScrappers last month. This one was started by Mags and passed to Susan and Elaine, before I played last. 

Unusually, Mags gave us a double page, and the version that Elaine passed to me, with just two photos, is nothing like I would normally make. I decided almost at once that I would need to find a way to use more pictures, filling in the 'gaps' between the existing photos to make a full row. I picked a set of wedding photos for the page, twenty years old so taken long before digital cameras, which meant I had only taken five. Two were very similar, so I rejected one to give me four pictures to span the double page.

I used a script paper from my scraps box for the panels at the sides, and decided to work with 6x6 papers for the rest of the page. I started out by layering each photo on two papers as Elaine had done, but it wasn't making me happy, so I changed to a broad strip of overlapping papers instead.

I also changed the (faux?) stitched circles on the page, picking hearts instead and overlapping them in the centre rather than having one on each side. I added a few puffy hearts to the stitched hearts, echoing the wood veneer pieces in Elaine's design, and also put one on the tab of the journalling card tucked behind the photo on the far right of the page (well, it should be on the far right; I obviously tucked it behind the wrong one here, but I've moved it now).

Paper - Basic Grey Adrift, Pebbles Tealightful, Trimcraft Fall in Love, My Mind's Eye Chalk Studio
Letters - Martha Stewart
Journalling Card & Flowers - from Stash
Enamel Dots - My Mind's Eye
Puffy Stickers - Fancy Pants
Ink - Docrafts

Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch

Friday, 14 July 2017

Big Brother, Little Sister

Elaine's Page
I'm sharing another Scrap Whispers page today, the third that I made in the game at UKScrappers. Susan started this round, and passed her page to Elaine who passed her version to me.

I picked out several elements from Elaine's page to copy in mine - single photo, three vertical strips of paper and a cut file title, but I put my own spin on all of these. My single photo is landscape in orientation, my paper strips are larger and my title is smaller and mixed with letter stickers. I also changed the background, though I picked a paper with clusters of shapes to echo Elaine's multicoloured patches.

Paper - Pink Paislee Color Wash, Pink Paislee Queen Bee, KaiserCraft Secret Bird Society
Letters - October Afternoon
Word Sticker - Jillibean Soup
Tag - KaiserCraft
Enamel Hearts - My Mind's Eye
Ink - Hobbycraft
Mist - Mister Huey's

Silhouette Portrait