Thursday, 15 March 2018


I'm moving across to Akureyri in my cruise album now; we did a coach trip from there to see the interior of the island, and our first stop was at Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods.

I needed this to be a double page and, with no recent sketches catching my eye, I turned to an old favourite from Sketch Support. I've used it several times before but I'm sure no-one will notice that as they look through my albums.

I also played along with the February Week 3 challenge at UKScrappers (yes, my blogging is well behind my crafting) where Sarah gave us a list of items to choose from and asked us to use at least three of three of the options. I chose photos (7), patterned papers (6) and brads (3).

I flipped the sketch, as that puts the photos into more-or-less chronological order across the page. The three on the left are of the river as we walked up to the falls. The large one on the right is a view from the top, and the three below were taken by the water at the bottom. 

Cardstock - Craft Sensations
Paper - We R Memory Keepers Quoted, Photo Play Boarding Pass, Simple Stories Awesome, Echo Park Winter Park, Pink Paislee Memorandum
Letters - American Crafts, October Afternoon
Sticker - Photo Play Boarding Pass
Wood Veneer - Studio Calico
Brads - My Mind's Eye
Enamel Dots/Stars - Stampin' Up!
Washi Tape - Little B, Unknown
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

Big Shot & Spellbinders Circle Dies

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

On High

It seems like ages since I've shared a page from my latest cruise album (Iceland, Greenland and Norway in 2017). I was reviewing the pages that I've made so far when I realised that there's one missing from Tasiilaq. We climbed up to the highest point in the town where the locals built a cairn to commemorate the town's 50th anniversary. We should have had stunning views from there but the weather was against us.

My page design is a mish-mash of elements from other pages in this album; I've repeated the triangles in the corners, the row of three photos and the journalling card next to the title from other pages, which should hopefully lead to a cohesive album rather than a collection of pages.

Cardstock - Craft Sensations
Paper - Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage, Echo Park We Are Family, Photo Play Boarding Pass
Letters - American Crafts
Wood Veneer - Studio Calico
Washi Tape - Little B, Unknown
Enamel Dots - Studio Calico
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

Big Shot
Little B Arrows Die
X-Cut Travel Mini Dies

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Mother's Day Card

Happy Mother's Day to you if you are in the UK or anywhere else where you are celebrating today. I made this card for my mum with the aid of this month's sketch from Stick It Down.

The squares on the card reminded me of my four aperture cards so that's what I used. I backed each opening with patterned paper and used Thickers for the word MUM and a heart. I chose this font from Amy Tangerine as I knew it had hearts in it so I could use one in the fourth window of my card. 

Friday, 9 March 2018

Now I've Seen It

Last month I blogged a trip to London which I took in order to see Tower Bridge opening. I combined it with some scavenger hunting, but it really was mostly a trip to see the bridge and I didn't wait long to scrapbook it.

I considered a two photo page since I'd seen the bridge open twice, but the difference in viewpoint was awkward to manage, so I went for my favourite single photo. There's very little colour in it, with blue-greys in the water, the sky and the bridge itself, so I decided on a monochromatic page. 

I knew I wanted to use stamps somewhere on the page as that was the last of the stash-busting challenges from Lottie Loves Paper for February so I considered stamping and painting a white cardstock background. However I also felt that I needed something a little more substantial between the photo and any stamping or painting. A little search among sketch challenges turned up this one from Let's Get Sketchy with one main strip of paper and hints of mixed media on the background.

I used one colour of distress ink (Stormy Sky) for all of this page, using it to edge my paper, to stamp tiny icons across the page and mixed with water to paint in random stripes.

I stamped the open chevron for the triangles in the sketch (though I really wish I'd managed to keep them straight) and then added a mixture of stars, hearts, geotags, cameras, cogs and anchors. I kept the title subtle with small grey letter stickers and journalled in grey pen.

Cardstock - Colorset
Paper - Studio Calico Take Note
Letters - Basic Grey
Ink - Ranger 
Mist - Mister Huey's

American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Wooden Stamp Set
Studio Calico Stamp Set

Wednesday, 7 March 2018


Back to the stash-busting challenges from Lottie Loves Paper now; they closed at the end of February and I've posted all my pages in their Facebook group, but I still have a couple to share here. One of the challenges was to use three or more washi tapes on a page, and I spotted the perfect sketch for this, shared in another Facebook group, and traced it back to the Sketch Savvy blog. 

I had a random 4x6 photo on my desk, one that my cousin had sent me from their skiing holiday, and I decided to use it and give it a home in my album before it got lost or damaged. I picked a snowflake patterned paper for my background and looked through my washi tape collection to pick out a few. I clearly favour aqua over any other colour and so pulled out ten different patterns to use.

I mixed labels in with the washi strips in the column on the left and layered my photo on a few 6x6 papers. With so many patterns already on the page, I kept the embellishment simple - snowflake brads, blue pearls and word stickers.

Paper - Carta Bella Warm & Cozy, My Mind's Eye
Letters - American Crafts
Labels - Elle's Studio
Stickers - Authentique, Anita's Glitterations
Brads - Unknown
Washi Tapes - Various including Dovecraft, Primark, Trimcraft, The Range
Pearls - Craft for Occasions
Ink - Ranger

Monday, 5 March 2018

Parkrun - February

At the end of January, I shared the first few pages of my parkrun album with you, and I plan to do the same each month. parkrun organise a network of 5km events in local parks across the country every week, open to all whatever your level of fitness. I joined up at the start of the year as a means to get some regular exercise into my mostly sedentary life, and did all four runs that month.

During February, I've carried on doing parkrun each week, and have moved from walking it all to a mixture of walking and running, knocking five minutes off my time. I'm scrapbooking it all too, in a simple 8x8 album cum journal:

I'd already started this page with the last run of January on the left; the first run of February sits comfortably alongside.

I scrapped the next two runs as a pair, but separated the journalling into two distinct sections with washi tape. 

My final page has something a bit different; it's a normal parkrun (24 Feb) on the left, but the event was cancelled last Saturday due to the extreme weather conditions. By Sunday however, the snow and ice had mostly thawed and I decided to do my own 5km route to replace it. I don't think that I will record every extra run that I do (assuming that there are any others) but this was a direct replacement for Saturday's run and a chance to explain why it was missing. The photo is of the only bit of my route that was still snowy, a shady path in one of our gorges.

That takes me to yesterday, I've done a walk/run every weekend and I am completely up to date with the album. See you again next month with my March pages.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Motor Racing Birthday Card

It's been a while since I shared a card with you, but we had a run of family birthdays recently. I already had two cards made, but needed one more for my nephew who was to turn 22. Sketch-n-Scrap publish more card sketches than I have time to play with so I went straight to their 'Queen of Hearts' crop on Facebook and picked this one out.

My default paper collection for male cards is Mr Mister from Papermania and I pulled out a paper with motor racing icons to form the base of the card. I switched the hearts on the sketch for stars and used a scrap from my desk for them, so I picked a grey and red chevron paper from the collection to tie the two together.