Photo Scavenger Roundup


I guess this is a case of better late than never, although I have made the final link.  I got the photo scavenger hunt finished this year (last year I failed on the last one – I forgot to take a photo of myself with a craft tool).  No worries this year – I had a choice for the compulsory final photo of me with an item representing the season.  I settled for one taken by Puddle Duck during our walking tour of Copenhagen, when I stopped to tie her shoelace.


In previous years I have presented my round up as a slide show.  This year I have created a double page spread for my scrapbook.  I used the washi tape and a selection of embellishments from October’s counterfeit kit with two sheets of white card stock and a sheet of Studio Calico pp depicting frames.   And then added even more embellishments.  It had a lot of white space when I started but by the time I’d added a title and journalling it was filling up fast.


Apologies for my wonky photo taking.  You can see more final roundup photos on Rinda’s blog here.  Thank-you Rinda for another inspiring challenge.  Long may they continue.

Nearly half of the photos I chose for the final cut were taken on our Cruise.  There were so many photo opportunities and I have a wonderful ZIZO from the Hermitage museum in St Petersburgh.  At first glance this looks like a painting – it’s Catherine the Great, Tsarina of Russia.

DSC_0208But zoom in and you can see that it is, in fact, a mosaic.


I’m still sorting through those holiday photos to put together an order for prints.  I’m going for a Project Life pocket format – I’m hoping it will speed up my scrapping, but photo editing is taking longer because I am joining two photos in one PSE file to print at 4 X 6 so that I can get 3 X 4 prints.  I had a load done but I made the mistake of setting the PSE canvas to 4 X 6 and when I uploaded for printing I got a warning that the files were medium quality.  I now have to redo all of them at 12 X 8 to get a good quality print.

I’m going back to editing now.  I may be some time…………..

Inspiration from Stash New and Old


Isn’t it amazing how buying some new stash fuels your creativity and gets you scrapping again (or is that just me?). I have stacks of pretty papers but I couldn’t resist buying four new pads when I spotted them in TKMaxx. Then I spotted this challenge from Master Forger Lisa on her Whimsical Musings site – be inspired by Native American designs. And what could be more perfect for that than my new Wanderlust papers from Studio Calico and some photos of Puddle Duck and her friends canoeing?

I’ve had this two page spread by Melissa Stinson pinned to my Scrapbook Inspiration Pinterest Board for a year:

harpers ferry.jpg

I used Melissa’s page like a sketch and pulled out the Indian blanket print, canoes, wigwams, arrows and a spotted green from the Wanderlust pad and then a couple of co-ordinating stripes from Studio Calico’s Printshop pad which I’d bought at the same time. Throw in some wood veneer and sequins, a bit of fussy cutting, a bottle top and a bird and feather from a sheet of Mambi pp and it all came together pretty quickly:


I wish I could go back and put those 6 X 6 mats straight.  It seemed such a good idea at the time and looked great before the photos went on!  Maybe I’ll find a journal card to go in where Melissa put hers and then it won’t be so obvious.

Some of the scraps have found themselves into my October Counterfeit kit. This month we are counterfeiting this kit from Hey Little Magpie (Sarah’s Cards as was):

Vintage Floral

I was pleased when I first saw it; because I have some of those papers and the Maggie Holmes sticker sheet, but the rest of the embellishments proved more challenging and I’m not sure what to do for alphas. Anyway here’s my take:


And just the papers:


The blue woodgrain and aqua/green floral I only had in 6X6 unfortunately.  I think I’ll still add some flowers to the blue woodgrain though. I’ll be adding as I go – card stock and alphas etc., but that’s not cheating because the more stash gets used up the better right? I judge the success of a kit by how much it’s used and how many pages I make.  My most successful was in blues and greens with a pop of yellow but second was a kit with similar colours to this so I am hopeful for plenty inspiration this month.

P.S. Just remembered – this is my 200th post.

P.P.S. I’ve noticed in comments that a couple of people have commented ‘LOs’ in the plural, despite the fact that the text clearly states that the first LO is not my work. I would like to make it clear that the First picture ‘Harper’s Ferry’ is the work of Melissa Stinson (aka Scrappyjedi), which I have scrap lifted. I would not like to take credit for someone else’s work.

Creative Scrappers – Sketch 277


At least that’s how I started at the bloggers’ weekend – with this sketch…..

I’d got my photo and background paper and decided to flip the sketch.  I’d cut my mats and strips, but then it was time for Ruth’s challenge. It’s become something of a tradition. We all bring enough of one item to give to everyone and then we create with all the items. So from a sketch and a photo of me and my little brother and a collection of twelve unrelated items I produced this:


I’ve a lot more to share from that wonderful weekend and my photos for Rhinda’s scavenger photo hunt and my holiday, but that will have to wait a little while.

So much to blog – so little time.

Photo Scavenger Hunt – 1 month to go


There’s just one month left to collect photos for Rhinda’s scavenger hunt and I’m just over 2/3 of the way there.  Here’re my latest finds:


A sign in a language other than English


A group of tourists


It’s location, location, location for this lamppost.


A bus with pictures painted on the back as well as the side.


A waterfall in a friend’s garden – in case I don’t see a natural one.

Hope I can get the last few before the deadline.  How are you getting on?

Scavenging and Postcards


Hello there.  I hope you’re all enjoying the lovely (?) hot weather for the summer holidays.  Puddle Duck and I aren’t too keen on the heat.

Sorry I’ve not been around for a while.  Work has been extremely busy and I’ve just been feeling really tired all the time – to the point where I have been falling asleep in the afternoon.  I suspect there may be an element of cause and effect, so I am looking forward to my holiday at the end of August.

The highlight of the month had to be Puddle Duck’s performance in The Best of British at the Swan Theatre, Worcester.  I managed to get this shot of her performing ‘Revolting children’ from Matilda, before I was told off for taking pictures:


I’ve managed to tick off a few more photos for the Scavenger hunt.  I took The Grandma to the crematorium for the anniversary of her Aunt’s death.  Her name is in the book of remembrance, which is always open at the day’s date.  There is a Garden of Remembrance, including this statue at the top of the stairs:


19 A Public Garden

And I also got the photo bomb as we were leaving:


10. A Photo Bomb

And a better photo of a rack of postcards when I went to Crawley for work:

5. A Rack of Postcards

5. A Rack of Postcards

Speaking of postcards, I also had some happy mail – four postcards from Sian‘s pile of postcards swap:


They are from (in order of arrival): Julia in the North West, Barbara in Nashville (she sent 2!) and the lovely Alexa in The Peak District.  Alexa is one of the bloggers I have met in the flesh and I will be seeing her again in September – I can’t wait.  Thank-you ladies.

I must get my finger out and get my postcards bought and sent.  But right now I need to get Puddle Duck to bed.  We have an early start tomorrow, so that we can visit the National Space Centre in Leicester on our way to see The Drake, The Niece , The Nephew and The Big Sister.

Using up June’s kit


I have an extra post this week, to share five pages using June’s Counterfeit kit, so that’s fair warning that this post is photo heavy.

This month’s challenges at the Studio Challenges blog includes using Project Life pages as inspiration but without the pockets.  I thought that would be perfect for my Disney Parade photos.


I added some Disney stickers and used some alphas from a We R Memory Keepers set I bought so long ago.  I thought The Mad Hatter looked like he was saying ‘No Photos, Please’.


I love the little yellow stars around the Magical Memories sticker.


And I liked this so much I made another with photos from The Queen of Heart’s Maze, which is inside Alice’s Curious Labyrinth.

DSC_0014And last but not least is a very CAS page telling the tale of Puddle Duck’s favourite ride when we first visited Disneyland Paris.


But that was way back when and it is far too sedate for her now.  She much prefers the adrenaline rush of a roller coaster now.