Thursday, 30 March 2017

Dartmoor Posse

I have another challenge page today; there's nothing like a cyber-crop to have me scrapping random photos, and this one is from 2014 when my husband spent a few days on Dartmoor with his walking friends. It's based on a sketch from the Quirky Kit subscribers' Spring Forward Crop, though I changed it up a bit.

I also entered it into the 'Stick It To Me' challenge in the Paper Issues Spring Crop, which was to use as many stickers as possible. 

Paper - 3 Bugs in a Rug, Simple Stories Awesome
Letter Stickers - American Crafts
Word Stickers - The Paper Studio, Simple Stories, Tim Holtz
Journalling Sticker - Crate Paper
Enamel Dots - Trimcraft
Ink - Docrafts
Mist - Mister Huey's

Big Shot & Spellbinders Circle Die

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Sesame & Cumin

More cyber-crop madness last weekend as the end of the Paper Issues crop overlapped with one for Quirky Kit subscribers. I made this page for the first class from Leo at Quirky Kits, called 4 Squared; she designed it to use up those paper scraps, but I used an old 6x6 pad instead.

My daughter bought a pair of gerbils recently but we forgot to ask if they are males or females. She's assuming that they are girls, but they had to have gender-neutral names just in case, and after trying a few out she settled on Sesame and Cumin.

Most of the papers are from Studio Calico, but I used embellishments from a long list of companies and entered this page into Paper Issues' Spring Salad challenge - mix at least three manufacturers on your page.

Paper - Melissa Frances, Studio Calico Sundrifter, First Edition, My Mind's Eye
Letters - Doodlebug
Die-Cuts - Simple Stories
Stickers - Crate Paper, Bo Bunny, Echo Park, Fancy Pants
Ink - Docrafts
Mist - Cosmic Shimmer

American Crafts Notebook Border Punch
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch
American Crafts Mini Stapler

Sunday, 26 March 2017


I'm sharing another 12x12 page today; this one is from the CyberCrop that Paper Issues held in their Facebook group last weekend. They posted more than 20 challenges, but I only did a handful including this sketch. Entries close tomorrow morning (BST) so you still have time to play along.

One of my friends reached a milestone birthday last year, and we had a whole day of celebrations. These will run to four pages in my album and I've been on the lookout for a suitable collection of papers to scrap them as a set. I finally picked Heyday from Studio Calico; I have the 12x12 collection pack, the 6x6 pad and the ephemera set. It seems to be a childhood-themed collection but most of the prints are neutral and the balloon-patterned papers are good for a birthday while still being fairly subtle.

I toyed with the title for a long time. This is the first page from the day, and we're drinking Prosecco on the train to London (at 10am). I considered 'Start As You Mean to Go On' and 'Let's Get This Party Started' but both felt too long; 'Celebrate' was a possibility for a while but it would leave me short of both Es and As for the other pages. I did the rest of the page, including the journalling, before I finally settled on a title, and it was the journalling that gave it to me; the last word I wrote was Cheers! and so I duplicated that as the title, tying the two in together.

Paper - Studio Calico Heyday, Simple Stories So Fancy
Letters - American Crafts
Stickers - My Mind's Eye, Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes, American Crafts/Shimelle, Paperchase
Die Cuts - Studio Calico Heyday, OneCanoeTwo Hazelwood
Gems - from Stash

Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch
Big Shot & X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die

Friday, 24 March 2017

Upstart Crow

British readers may recognise that Upstart Crow is a sitcom about William Shakespeare, written by Ben Elton. The second series has recently been filmed and my son and I were able to go to a recording last month. It was a fascinating evening, both listening to Ben Elton between takes and seeing how a TV programme is filmed. There was no photography allowed in the studios so I pinched this picture of the cast from the Radio Times website.

I subscribe to Quirky Kits, and we recently had a cyber-crop in the subscriber Facebook group. One of the challenges was a sketch, and I based this page on it, though I veered off course a little, as I often do. I saw the circles on the sketch as flowers, but I only used two of them, and the polaroid-style frames on the sketch morphed into chipboard filmstrip pieces on my page. 

Glitter Girl's Adventure 150 was about making stamps more of a feature on a page. I use stamps so very rarely, and almost always in the background, so I took on her challenge here by stamping and fussy-cutting the flowers for this page.

The dark colours and historical nature of the photo took me to a collection of 8x8 papers from the V&A Museum, but they were too busy to use more than one pattern. I teamed their floral with papers in similar colours from two 6x6 pads. I've had the chipboard for far too long; it was one long piece originally and has never worked on a page, but I feel that cutting it up and layering it with the stamped flowers has worked really well. 

Paper - Creative Imaginations, Docrafts/V&A, 7Gypsies Avignon, Authentique Nestled, Echo Park Paradise Beach
Letters - S.E.I.
Chipboard - Creative Embellishments
Wood Veneer - Quirky Kits
Gems - ZVA Creative
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Mister Huey's

Docrafts/V&A Quilts Floral Stamp

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Look Around

I have another page for my Norwegian cruise album for you today. I'm doing this album with divided page protectors and an aqua, yellow and grey colour scheme.

This is the last page from our day in Kristiansund; please scroll back if you are interested in the four that precede it. I've covered the 'story' of the day in the previous pages, but I still had a number of pictures that I wanted to include in the album. Most of them need a little explanation, so I've started the journalling for each one with the word 'look'.

We are looking up to Bautaen, across to Innlandet, down at the manhole cover and out to the sunset. I don't know if you can see it, but the final photo has another ship, Cunard's Queen Victoria, on the horizon.

Paper - My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart
Tag - Pink Paislee Portfolio
Letters - American Crafts
Washi Tape - Ebay
Gems - Papermania

Monday, 20 March 2017


Another Norwegian title for you today; Bautaen is the Memorial Stone, and this one is on the highest point of the island of Innlandet in Kristiansund. We'd caught the ferry from the main island and walked up to this point overlooking the harbour.

The memorial in question is to a battle in 1808 when two English warships attacked the harbour and were repulsed by the town's defences. The stone is flanked by working cannons which are used to fire salutes on high days and holidays.

The two photos in the bottom row are views of Kirkelandet, a wide-angle view and also a close-up of the area we had visited earlier in the day.

Paper - MME Lost & Found, MME Chalk Studio, Pink Paislee Portfolio, Pink Paislee Indigo Bleu, 4Heures37 Eiffel Avenue
Vellum - Docrafts
Washi Tape - Trimcraft
Gems - Papermania

Big Shot & Provocraft Alphabet Dies
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch

Saturday, 18 March 2017


I'm sharing another page from Kristiansund today; Varden is a watch tower, on the highest point of the island. I'm using a divided page protector with a 6x8 pocket that I picked for my vertical photo, and I added title and journalling to the same pocket. The two view photos were taken from the top of the tower.

We were following a guided walk around the town and that walk took us from the tower back to the waterfront. The bottom photos are a shipyard and the inner harbour.

This page is rather photo heavy, and I had to crop two of my pictures to 4x4 in order to squeeze in the journalling here.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - Pink Paislee Portfolio, MME Lost & Found
Labels - 7Gypsies
Washi Tape - October Afternoon, Ebay
Enamel Dots - Echo Park

Big Shot & Provocraft Alphabet Dies