Saturday, 19 August 2017

Hello 17

We have monthly and weekly challenges in the For the Love of Pretty Paper Facebook group, and I've combined two of them here. The challenge for July was our choice of six sketches; I did a few of them and this was sketch 2. The weekly challenges are based on letters of the alphabet and we recently had G is for Gold.

This page is from my daughter's birthday when she and some friends had a sleepover. The sketch worked really well for a large photo of most of the group that one of them took, and two smaller photos that I took of the group sleeping in next morning and a few of them outside. The sketch hinted at a journalling block between the photos, but I used a number paper there and added a Project Life card further down for my writing. I embellished in the top-left and bottom-right of the page, and then added more bits around the title to create a loose line of embellishments along the diagonal. 

Paper - Echo Park Capture Life, Chickaniddy Crafts, Jillibean Soup, Project Life Cards
Numbers - American Crafts
Wood Veneer - Heidi Swapp
Chipboard Stars - Studio Calico
Acetate - Studio Calico
Die-Cut - Jillibean Soup
Butterflies - from Stash
Epoxy Sticker - Jo-Ann Stores
Enamel Dots - Eyelet Outlet
Mist - Docrafts, Mister Huey's
Ink - Hobbycraft

American Crafts Simple Scallop Border Punch

Thursday, 17 August 2017

He Likes a Box!

Another throwback page today; I made this one for three different National Scrapbooking Day challenges on Facebook: I used a sketch from Mercy Tiara and Creative Scrappers, a large title for For the Love of Pretty Paper, and stitched on the page for Hey Little Magpie.

Most of my NSD pages used old photos, and I picked a pair of my son as a toddler here. Small boy pages lead me to bright, primary colours, an older collection from My Mind's Eye in this case.

Paper - My Mind's Eye Collectable
Letters - American Crafts
Chipboard Stars - Studio Calico
Stickers - Crate Paper, Authentique
Washi Tape - Trimcraft
Enamel Dots - My Mind's Eye, Doodlebug
Ink - Hobbycraft

Big Shot & Little B Arrows Dies

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Cruise Canada 2015 - The Album

It's been more than a year since I made the last page from our Canadian cruise and since then the pages have been sitting in an unlabelled album waiting for a final check and a title card.

My annual albums are a mish-mash of pages in different colours and styles and they sit happily side-by-side as they are. However, when I make a themed album with one kit of papers I like to let it sit for a while and then review it to make sure I'm happy with all the pages and the balance of embellishments from beginning to end.

Whales - Before
I never intended to let my Canadian album sit for as long as it did, but I've returned to it recently for that final review. There was just one page that I wasn't happy with; the 'whales' page was a bit bare at the top and needed more embellishment - clusters at the top of the 'discover' paper and to the left of the photos to make a triangle with the existing cluster (which I also added to).

I've kept hold of the remaining papers from the kit pending this exercise, so it was easy to pull them out and add a few more pieces.

One final task was the album cover; I'd chosen one with a window and needed to make a title piece with a design around four inches square. I worked on a larger piece of paper which would fill the pocket without moving about, and marked the part that would be visible through the window, before assembling a design around an anchor die-cut. 

This is it in place, and the album has now joined the others in the lounge rather than being stashed under my craft desk awaiting the finishing touches.

Paper - Heidi Swapp No Limits
Letters - Jillibean Soup
Die-Cut - KaiserCraft
Puffy Stickers - Jillibean Soup, Bella Boulevard
Washi Tape - Little B
Ink - Hobbycraft

Big Shot & X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Story Time

Back in May, we had a 'Five Sketches in Five Days' challenge in the Lottie Loves Paper Facebook group. I did three before I ran out of month and returned to them as we approached the end of July. The last one was originally published by Shimelle Laine back in 2011, but some sketches are timeless. 

I made this page at a time when a broken router meant that my computer and printer wouldn't talk to each other so I had to pick an older printed photo to scrap. These are almost all 4x6 and I couldn't find a pair that I could crop to suit the sketch so I decided to go with a single photo. 

My paper layers follow those in the sketch, but I moved the stack of papers to the opposite side and moved the title to run up the side of them. The paper collection is intended for girls, but omitting most of the pink and floral papers gave a more neutral colour scheme. The cute die-cuts were a really good match for the orange and they remind of of old-fashioned illustrations in children's books.

Cardstock - DCWV
Paper - Simple Stories So Fancy, Dovecraft Sugar & Spice
Die Cuts - Studio Calico Heyday
Washi Tape - Dovecraft, Little B
Word Stickers - Bazzill
Puffy Stickers - American Crafts
Enamel Dots - Eyelet Outlet
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

Silhouette Portrait
Big Shot, X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die & Dovecraft Nesting Stars Dies
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch

Friday, 11 August 2017

Purple Haze

Something of a throwback today, as I made this page in May and haven't got round to sharing it here yet. It has its roots in a walk I did in April, when I went to see the bluebells in Blake's Wood, and I both planned the page while I was there and ensured that I had the variety of photos that I would need. 

I saved making the page until National Scrapbooking Day as I was sure that there would be a song title challenge (and there was) but in the end I entered it in a tic-tac-toe challenge from For the Love of Pretty Paper instead, choosing the right-hand column - no patterned paper, large photo and die cuts or punches. 

Perhaps surprisingly, I made the page exactly as I'd planned in my head; I printed my large photo on cardstock to get a softer image, machine-stitched around the edge, and layered a woodland view and a circular close-up over it. I kept the embellishment quite simple, with a chipboard swirl that I'd previously inked purple and then abandoned, plus a couple of punched butterflies and a scattering of gems.

I'll be sharing a mix of old and new pages here over the next few weeks; I have quite a few that I made for National Scrapbooking Day and shared at the time on Facebook, but I haven't blogged them yet. I saved them to fill a lull when I had one, but I've scrapped and blogged fairly consistently since then and the posts keep getting pushed back in favour of new stuff. 

Cardstock - Teresa Collins World Traveller
Letters - American Crafts
Chipboard - Bazzill
Gems - ZVA Creative, Forever in Time

Sewing Machine
Butterfly Punch

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Happy Days

Christina's Page
This is the fourth and final page that I made for the Chinese Whispers game in the Mind the Scrap Facebook group. As always, I was scraplifting a page from Christina, and as soon as I saw hers I knew that mine would be a close copy, using insta-cards and a beach photo.

I'd imagined that beach photo being one of my children, but it appears that I've already scrapped them all so I went back to our university days and some really old photos of us on the beach at Teignmouth. There were two, so I adjusted the page slightly.

I wanted a cloud print for the background, but I couldn't find one so I compromised by painting white cardstock with mist. I arranged a grid of 3x3 cards at the bottom of the page and cut the sun and cloud from a 4x4 card. The title came from one of Shimelle's prompts for her 25 Days of Scrapbooking Words last month.

Cardstock - Colorset
Paper - Imaginesce
Insta-Cards - Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine
Wood Veneer - Make & Create
Letters - October Afternoon
Labels - Sarah's Cards Printable
Washi Tape - Little B
Enamel Dots - Simple Stories, Echo Park, My Mind's Eye
Mist - Cosmic Shimmer, Docrafts
Ink - Ranger

Big Shot & X-Cut Travel Mini Dies
X-Cut Circle Punch

Monday, 7 August 2017

Give the Boy a Spoon

I have another page from our Chinese Whispers game in the Mind the Scrap Facebook group for you today. This time Christina gave me a monochromatic page with a big block of photos. I rarely scrap black and white photos, so I knew from the start that my page would be a more colourful affair.

My starting point was to find a set of three photos that could be cropped to squares and I turned up some of my nephew as a toddler. Next step was to find a background paper; I wanted a bold print but one that was small enough to 'read' the pattern around the edges of the page.

I cropped and arranged my three photos on the page, and decided to use the fourth quarter for both title and journalling.

Paper - Karen Foster Design, Hot Off the Press, My Mind's Eye Bright
Letters - Hobbycraft
Stickers - My Mind's Eye, Jillibean Soup
Flair - Unknown
Washi Tape - Little B
Ink - Ranger

Big Shot and Cut & Make Doily Die
Hobbycraft Star Punch

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Tummy Time

Christina's Page
I'm scraplifting today and sharing a page from the June/July Chinese Whispers game we played in the Mind the Scrap Facebook page. I played second in this chain, scraplifting Christina's page before passing my version on to Clair, who passed to Judith.

Christina's page was a very pretty one with two portrait photos, and what I think are 6x6 papers in her layers. I seem to have scrapped most of my pairs of photos, and had to go back to 1996 for some of my nephew as a baby. However these are landscape photos so I had to play with the dimensions and layering from Christina's page.

I won a 6x6 pad from the Pink Paislee Moonstruck collection for one of my National Scrapbook Day pages and the colours worked well with my photos. However I really struggled with finding a suitable background paper; in the end I chose a plainish paper and stamped my own design. I used a star stamp with denser, darker stamping at the top and lighter, more sparse stamping as I went down the page. 

I kept the position of the title from Christina's page, choosing a mixture of script Thickers and tile stickers, and kept her arrow too.

Paper - My Mind's Eye 29th Street Market, Pink Paislee Moonstruck
Letters - American Crafts, Shimelle
Die Cut - One Canoe Two
Enamel Hearts - My Mind's Eye
Puffy Hearts - American Crafts
Word Stickers - Tim Holtz
Chalk - Readicut Crafts
Ink - Hobbycraft, Ink It Up!
Mist - Docrafts

Big Shot, X-Cut Tag Die & Little B Arrow Die
Heidi Swapp Inspire Stamp Set

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt - Local Finds

We're two months into the new Photography Scavenger Hunt being run by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards, and I'm making slow progress. Having lost my list more than once, I made a new one from a Project Life card last weekend and I'm hoping to keep hold of this one for the next two months.

I haven't been out much this month, so all of these are local finds. I missed a few (such as a barbecue for seasonal food or drink and a summer toy when we cleared some old ones from our garage) so I really need to keep my new list close to me and re-read it often.

Enough waffle, here are my July finds:

1. Something Fuzzy
This is Max the Bear; he likes having adventures and sharing them via Facebook and Twitter (but typing is hard when you only have paws).

4. A Zig Zag
The 'keep clear' markings by our local school.

10. Something Yellow
A gate in a car park.

18. A Fan
A souvenir from Malaysia.

Three finds in June and these four in July put me on seven so far, and we're half way through the hunt now. We're going on holiday later this month, and that will be prime scavenger hunting time for me, so the total should be much higher by my next post.

The full list is at Patio Postcards, and the hunt runs until 30th September, so you still have plenty of time to join in. 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

25 Days of Scrapbooking Words: 19-31 July

This is my second post relating to Shimelle's 25 Days of Scrapbooking Words prompts; you can see the first here. People have been sharing daily on Instagram or in the Facebook group Scrapbook Like a Superhero and Shimelle discussed each prompt in more detail in her original blog post.

I actually haven't been able to find old pages for all the prompts, but that means I have some new ideas for future titles.

19. Alliteration
I could have chosen any (sensible) adjective for the robin on this page, but deliberately chose to employ alliteration:

20. How Poetic
I picked a line from 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Robert Binyon for this page from the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede. (The fourth verse in full is sure to be familiar to you: "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn; At the going down of the sun and in the morning; We will remember them.")

21. Change One Word
Shimelle suggests taking a well-known phrase and changing one word for a page title. Not something I've ever done, but I'll give this idea some thought. 

22. Scrapbook Standbys
I tend to avoid the kind of titles that work for almost any page (documented, memories, remember, adventure, etc) in favour of something specific to the place or occasion, but I do find these words useful as part of a longer title.

23. Then & Now
I haven't used this exact title, but it's always interesting to pair similar photos from different times, such as the first and last days of school:

24. Good Times
Another of those 'suits any page' titles, but one that has never really occurred to me to use. It feels a bit nostalgic, so it may appear when I scrap the few photos I have from school and university.

25. A Lesson Learned
I've not been able to find a page for this prompt either, but my son's just passed his driving test, so there could be one soon (if I'm allowed to take his photo).

26. A Beautiful View
A beautiful view needs a big photo to show it off properly and I printed this one at A4. The title is slightly different, but I'm sure it counts.

27. Much-Loved Quotation
I don't use quotes much as my pages tend to be quite factual. However I do like "The world is a book and those that do not travel read only a page" (which is widely attributed to St Augustine, but appears to be paraphrasing a longer passage that he wrote). I used a tag with those words on a cruise page a couple of years ago:

28. An Open Letter
Not a letter as such, but I wrote the journalling on this page directly to my daughter:

29. A Mix Up
This is one that just won't be happening on my pages. I don't like mixed fonts within a word, and I'd rather change the title (or cut what I want on the Silhouette) than employ a mixture of letter styles. Having said that, I find that having one or two words in one size and font while the rest of the title is in another one is perfectly acceptable. Looking back, I can't find a single page with more than two styles/fonts.

30. Good Advice
Another prompt that just doesn't fit with my style of scrapbooking. My pages tend to be who/what/where variety, though I'm open to considering an alternative approach. 

31. Keeping It Real
Scrapping the not so great moments - I've picked a page from Austria last year, when our children and I went on a summer toboggan run down the mountain, stationing my husband at the bottom with a camera, and he failed to take a single picture of us careering down the tracks; we just a have a couple of photos of us as we went up, so that's what I scrapped.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Journey of a Page

My Starter Page
During June and early July, I played two games of Scrap Whispers or Chinese Whispers, one on UKScrappers and one in the Mind the Scrap Facebook page. In both games we formed teams of four and passed a scrapbook page from one person to the next, scraplifting it in turn to make a chain of related pages. I thought it would be interesting to start my chain with the same page in both groups and see how it evolved as different groups of people worked on it.

We had the reveal at UKScrappers first, where I played in a team with Mags, Sue and Elaine. 

Mags was first, and cleverly adapted mine to a double page:

Sue was next, lifting Mags' page, and she returned to a single page with a striking black, white and red colour scheme:

And Elaine was the final person to play. I love the fact that she kept Sue's colour scheme while also unknowingly scrapping the same subject as Mags:

A week later, we had the reveal at Mind the Scrap where I played with Clair, Judith and Christine.

Clair was first to scraplift my page, and dropped the bottom photo:

Judith was next, with her version of Clair's page, keeping a very similar design:

And Christine played last, rotating the page and switching to a single large photo:

There you have it. Six pages that all came from mine. Although only two of these scrapbookers saw my original page, the design came through strongly and is still visible in the final pages too.

There'll be another round of Scrap Whispers at UKScrappers in September so if you're interested and not a member of UKS yet, please do join us. (Open to all, not just the UK.)

Friday, 28 July 2017

Dunstanburgh Castle

Back in May, Sarah posted 'Five Sketches in Five Days' in the Lottie Loves Paper Facebook group. I did three before I ran out of month, and had actually printed the photo and chosen a paper collection for the fourth, but got diverted into making Scrap Whispers/Chinese Whispers pages in June.

More recently, our router died and my computer and printer wouldn't talk to each other without it; I had to go back to pre-printed photos, and I picked up this page again.

The photo is from our Easter holiday in Northumberland, when we walked along the coast late one afternoon to Dunstanburgh Castle, a ruin on a headland that's not accessible by road. Being a page about a castle, there are no people in the photo, so I'm linking with The Studio Challenges blog, where a recent challenge was to scrap a page with no people.

I stuck fairly closely to the sketch, just moving the title cluster down to the bottom to get some separation between the two pieces of arrow print paper.

Cardstock - American Crafts
Paper - We R Memory Keepers Free Spirit
Letters - My Mind's Eye
Enamel Dots - Echo Park

Big Shot, Little B Arrow Dies & X-Cut Camera Die

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.