Saturday, 4 May 2019

Vintage Traveller - Great Memories


Good morning everyone, there is so much inspiration buzzing around the internet today and I wanted to add a little bit more to it with a page that I created using Vintage Traveller from Simple Stories.  It's a beautiful collection with pastel blues and greens, maps, tickets, old posters....it's gorgeous.

We had a lovely family holiday to Italy - bit of a trip from Pisa over to Venice, there are lots of pages to come on this!  I decided to scrap one of my favourite photos of late which is me and my youngest on the water bus heading over to Venice, the colours and papers went perfectly.  

I started with my torn strips and layers around the photo, but in my kit I also had the sticker pack for this collection and there are a few sheets of rectangular  stickers, some with sayings, some images - they have the texture of some of the washi stickers that Simple Stories do. I often struggle with stickers like this, as they aren't messy so challenged myself to use them in a different way, as neat rectangles just wasn't working for me!  I decided to tear and layer them -  it was great fun to do and I was really pleased with the effect - adding a nice bit of texture without any paint!  The other way I added some texture was with some organza ribbon - it's been in my stash for ages and I added a pleated/stapled band being my photo - I'd seen this technique years ago and again it was using something that had been resting at the bottom of my ribbon box for sometime.  I started off by sticking it very lightly to the page with a tape runner - so the glue wouldn't show and then added staples so the pleats flattened.


I dug out some of my paper clips that co-ordinated - determined to use up some of the little bits in my stash that have been forgotten!  Did the traditional 3 cluster, so layered in a couple of stickers too.


Jill (from ATDML) sent me these fantastic travel thickers (Wander) by American Crafts - all black and white sentiments with a few photo frames and other little embellishments too.


I hope you have a fantastic National Scrapbooking Day!

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Cocoa Vanilla More than Words and Watercolours


I am often guilty of doing single photo pages...you can't see the journalling here - I tend to add it after I've photographed the pages, so I don't have to cover up bits....it does go on there - honest!  

I took inspiration for the background from the More than Words papers and started with distress inks and broken china, tattered rose, squeezed lemonade and iced spruce.  I then added some dots using Kaisercrafts Faded Dots stamp and black ink.  Once happy with the layers I fussy cut some flowers and butterflies from the papers and added them around my photos- I used a few foam dots and added in some stickers from this collection too.


I love the hand-drawn elements on this paper - it meant my fussy cutting didn't need to be too precise too.


Here you can see the inky layers and the stamp in a little more detail, plus a little hand-drawn lettering on the letter stickers.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

ATDML Retreat classes with Pebbles Patio Party....a little bit more summer


Hello everyone, I wanted to share with you a couple of pages I created for one of my classes at the A Trip Down Memory Lane retreat.  It was a fantastic weekend with lots of scrappy friends, plenty of laughter and sharing with ladies I only see a couple of times a year!  It's amazing how a shared interest can build good friends really quickly.

Onto the pages...this one was fairly clean for me - no mess.  I used a starburst die cut from the Star Gazer collection by Kaisercraft (it has a dotty pattern and cream background on the front, but it is pure white on the back and this went better with the papers.  We backed the bursts and layered it all up, using the co-ordinating word stickers - really easy as long as you stick the papers on the back as you cut them out (otherwise it can take a rather long time to work out the puzzle and how to get it together!


There is a beautiful paper in this collection with lots of lovely words and phrases on.


I had to use the watermelon papers as this was a summer page!


The next layout used up lots of off-cuts - we used a triangle template and then arranged these on the page.  A bit of fussy cutting of blossoms and butterflies, more of the thickers and it was done.


I love this little blue butterfly!  I used the yellow striped paper for my journalling too.



So the class was pretty clean and simple, packed with lovely colours.  I hope you enjoyed the pages.



Saturday, 3 November 2018

Autumnal Layout with BoBunny's Floral Spice


Hello everyone, just a quick post today to share a new page that I made with the Floral Spice collection from BoBunny - it is packed with beautiful teals, purples and browns, perfect for Autumn. You can read more about it on the BoBunny blog - you will find the page here, so if you have time do head over and leave me a comment.


I did a little glitter paste mixing to get a two-tone stencil effect.


Here you can see some of the beautiful glittered chipboard pieces that they have in the collection.

Anyway, I will be back with more layouts having been on retreat with A Trip Down Memory Lane....loads of beautiful papers to play with and lovely friendships to catch up on too.  

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Summer pages with Echo Park Go See Explore


Hello everyone, sorry I haven't posted in ages, I'm not sure how many people still read blogs, or whether more of it has moved to instagram now...so if you are reading, do leave me a comment and let me know you are there and I can keep on posting and also hunt down your blog if you have one too.

Here are a couple of pages that I did for the Cybercrop over at A Trip Down Memory Lane - the classes are there and available - this one was called Ticket to Ride and featured the beautiful Go See Explore papers from Echo Park.  I have been enjoying the recent watercolour trend in scrapbooking and it's made me get out my paints and try all sorts of colours, so that's how this page started.  I also love a little camera and ended up with a little line of them hanging down from my papers.

The photo is from our summer holidays - where our pool was possible more inflatable than pool - there were doughnuts, crocodiles, watermelons...


Here is a close of up of some of the camera work and painty bits.



The next page in this class involved a map paper - I do like a map paper, and I went for multi-photo - so some shots around our villa - it was idyllic, and a beautiful place in Majorca with loads of lovely coves and beaches.  There is a tiny dot on the paper which is Majorca, so that is where the arrows lead.


I used lots of fussy cutting to add little details to the page.


I even tried a bit of my own handwriting for the title, and I'm trying to journal lots too, though sometimes that's after I've put the photos on the web!


Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed looking at the pages, and I will be back with some more later on in the week.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Water Fun with Kaisercraft Summer Splash


Here is a summery page for A Trip Down Memory Lane using Kaisercrafts Summer Splash collection.  I have really enjoyed using water colours and also distress oxides on my papers...you will notice a theme with my recent layouts!  This page started with blues and greens, and then flicks of paint with bursts of yellow and small nuovo drops and pearls too.  

I created a washing line, and was inspired to round the edges of everything by one of the ephemera pieces - the photo frame in the middle of the page, that comes in this collection.  Once I had my 3 photo montage, I just embellished away using washi tape, stickers, wood veneers, cork, different bits of ribbon, pearls...I just had lots of fun!


Here you can see the cork and some of my nouvo enamel drops and the little Simple Story cork hearts.


Lots of layering with the classic camera wood veneers, some of the stickers and ephemera pack too.

I hope you've enjoyed this page - it was a baking day when we were camping and all of a sudden a full on water fight broke out which even involved the men...and then anything that would possibly carry water - they were all drenched afterwards, but it was the perfect way to cool down!


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Treasure with BoBunny Sunshine Bliss


Hello everyone, more Sunshine Bliss today with a summery photo.  The background card was actually white and I dug out my water colours and picked up some of the yellows and pinks in the papers to colour it (having said that I could have probably just chosen a similar paper from the range and saved all the painting, but I did enjoy it).  I used the Vikki Boutin Colour wheel and Flower Garden stamps, carefully handcuffing them as my main embellishments.  I also used a few of the die cuts - Mandala and also a new little trellis die that you can extend by layering it up.  I also used the new tabs die from BoBunny and you can see one on the right hand side of the photo - lots of layering to add to all the colour on the page.

I hand cut my star burst and did it by eye mostly - all the mess is hidden under the photo.  I also added some stitching too as there has been so much of that about at the moment....it inspired me.


You can see the co-ordinating thickers in this collection - I love the mix of patterns.


Here is a close up of the stamps - I recently bought a Tim Holtz stamp press and have found that has much improved my success with stamping precisely - I often am a vintage scruffy stamper, but with this full proof way of having everything lined up and being able to get a second go is fantastic.  The Vikki Boutin ink colours are beautiful - they aren't water based so you can't paint with them, but they give an excellent burst of colour.

I hope you are all having lovely days.  I will be back with some more projects soon.

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