Scrap365 – Case Closed



Scrap365 has announced that it is closing it’s doors (or should that be Windows?). I remember when the magazine first came out with the lovely Sian Fair as one of the designers. I remember telling her that I was reluctant to submit a LO for publication, since the twice I had done so in the past the magazines had folded the edition after I submitted. She said I shouldn’t let that stop me, so I did and I had this LO published in 2012: DSC_0058And then this one in 2013: DSC_0041I had this one accepted this year for a gallery on using fabric, but the  magazine went out of print before it was published: DSC_0418

DSC_0042The blog continued and I entered the sketch challenge from time to time. I knew I had no chance of ever winning anything, since the DT and site was all mixed media, shabby chic and pile it on scrapbooking, which is as far from my style as you can get. Only Jennifer flew the flag for a cleaner scrapbooking style. But I enter these things for the challenge not the prize.

The other regular challenge at S365 was in conjunction with CSI (Colour, Stories, Inspiration). This month the colours fitted with my Counterfeit kit, so I pulled in some orange and grey washi and embellishments and took up the challenge.

The photo reminded me of childhood holidays. Getting in the car and off to the caravan in Wales. I wanted to include a banner made from the scraps of material I picked up from Lizzie during a challenge at the Bloggers Weekend. I picked a sketch from my Pinterest Board, which included a banner and was perfect for the old photos I had. Do any of you remember Trifca? You got three copies of a photo printed on one sheet – one large and two small wallet sized pics. I had a pack from the caravan and this is how it all turned out:

DSC_0022 There was a sequin challenge over at Soul Scrappers, so I posted it there too and it’s been picked as a featured layout.  I did a bit of that fancy stitching too. DSC_0038It’s funny how the original kit was autumnal, but mine has inspired me to produce spring and summer LOs.  Oh well, seven LOs and a card – I’d call that another successful Counterfeit Kit and now I’m all ready for December’s.  Maybe I’ll try it with Scrap365’s final sketch.

And the Kit Goes On.



I’ve been busy scrapping with my Counterfeit kit this month but I’ve been very slow to post. Having completed some challenges it would be rude not to share them and link up to the challenge sites, don’t you think?


First is a LO made using sketch 281 from Creative Scrappers.


Then one with a sketch from the Studio Challenges blog.


Challenge 3 at CKC was to make a card that pops. Easy when your kit includes tags with a 3D element. Here’s my card.


I have one more LO to share (my 7th with this kit), which was inspired by the CSI file at Scrap365. But that’s for another post. How have you been using your kit?

CKC November Blog Hop


Welcome to my part of the CKCB Members’ Blog Hop. You should have come here from Elaine.

DSC_0032Challenge #1 this month was to take inspiration from Pinterest. I’ve been doing that a lot lately, so that was a little too easy and I did 2. Puddle Duck picked this LO from the Crate Paper blog from the half dozen possibles I found:

And here is my interpretation, using some vintage photos from family days at the beach and of course my November Counterfeit kit:
And this is my second LO – using photos from my recent trip to Denver and inspired by this pin.

DSC_0020I rotated the design to accommodate my landscape prints and cheated a little by pulling in a few extra alphas.

Thanks for stopping by and now you should hop over to Janine…  If you’ve got lost or joined here, I’ve copied the full list for the hop below.






Julie <You are here>

Janine <Go here next>




Don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know you were here and happy hopping!

A Stuck?! Double



I missed the deadline for the Stuck?! sketch last months so i’m making doubly sure this month and I’ve finished LOs for both sketches using my November Counterfeit kit.

For the 1st November sketch I used some photos of me and Li’l Bro as kids in our back garden. The Grandma has always been keen on bright flowers, so i used both flower prints – fussy cutting some of the larger flowers for the embellishment clusters.


The flower shaped brads were a good match for the colour scheme and provided a way of sketching a circle without adding weight. I pull out my sewing machine – it has a number of fancy stitches which I have never tried, so I thought it was about time I did: I have had the machine since I was 16 after all!

For the 15th November sketch I went with a photo taken at the Eden Project and a green base.

While I had the machine out I added some straight stitching and finished off with a white doodled border.

DSC_0027I’m enjoying this kit.  Lots of bright colours and so much inspiration I have another four LOs to share with you.  See you again soon.



Out with the Old and in with the New


Counterfeit kits that is! I hadn’t quite finished my October kit when the November Counterfeit Kit was posted. Never the less I pulled together a new kit:-


I realised after I had taken the photo that I’d forgotten the ribbon and I’ve since found some flairs.  So don’t be surprised if they pop up during the month.

Here’s a closer look at the papers.


There’re papers from Studio Calico, Amy Tangerine, Basic Grey, Echo Park and Pebbles.  Just for a change, I have some double sided papers this month – here are the B-sides and a closer look at the sticker sheets.


It’s a bigger kit than last month, so I hope I’ll be able to find time to use it.

The first challenge this month was to use Pinterest for inspiration – something I’ve been doing a lot lately. My inspiration came from this layout by Tessa – pinned from the Studio Challenge blog:

By Tessa for Studio Challenge Blog

and this one by Jett Hampton:

Always Happy by Jett Hampton | Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins; Vellum: Paper Studio; Stickers: Bella Blvd; Buttons: Bella Blvd; Brads: Making Memories and Basic Grey; Alphas: AC Thickers; Punch: Martha Stewart; Enamel Dots: Basic Grey; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Chipboard: Heidi Swapp; Stamps: Papertrey Ink; Metal embellishments, felt heart and watercolor: Stash.

I used the inspiration for the last two layouts to finish off October’s kit.

DSC_0019This photo was taken on holiday with my Nan and her sister in Rhyl.  It looks like I had quite the surprise when the duck started moving!


I’m still, thinking of a title for the second one – I don’t want to repeat the one from the inspiration page.  I made the two pages in parallel – using the off cuts from the strips in the first LO to create the small blocks for the second LO.  Looking at it on screen now I think I might doodle an outline inside some of the blocks; and maybe some sprinkles?

I thought last month’s kit would be a success and it was.  One double page layout and five single pages.  I only have one whole sheet left, two partial sheets and the rest are scraps.

I’ll be back soon with some LOs using November’s kit and I’ll be joining the CKC blog hop later this month.

Starting a New Cruise Album


Hello, hello. I have been sooooo busy.  I’ve just got back from a work trip to Denver and the jetlag is just receding. I’m having a lazy morning at home with Puddle Duck. I’ve put together a November Counterfeit kit and photographed it, but that will be in my next post.  I have missed so many challenge deadlines lately that I’m determined to get this one done for The Studio Challenges blog – to scrap a large photo.

I received my first delivery of holiday photos for my Project Life style cruise album before I went away. I’ve cut apart the 3X4 photos and started laying out the album, but not all the pages will be Project Life pockets.  I did one page onboard at a scrapbook challenge class (I won the sweet and simple category), which is the first page in the album.


And the photo taken at dinner on the first night was too large for a pocket page, so I did this for the second page.

DSC_0978Thanks to Ruth for the nautical themed washi tape.


Stuck with Glasses?




How things have changed.  When I was at school I was picked on for wearing glasses.  Now glasses are seen as cool – part of the geek chic look.

Puddle duck wanted geek glasses so much that, while she was waiting for an eye test and a change of glasses, she punched the lenses out of a pair of cinema 3D specs and wore them over her own.  When she went to visit The Sister last Christmas she found that The Niece had similar taste and her own fake pair of geek glasses.

I used this month’s Counterfeit Kit and Stuck?! sketch to put the page together.  I don’t usually like using very bulky embellishments on pages – I find they can sometimes damage the facing page in an album, but I thought placing these large resin flowers next to the paper bows might stop them being flattened too much in an album.

DSC_0983So that’s another month over and there’s still 2 or 3 pages left in the Counterfeit kit, but I have plans – the kit will be used and not put back into my stash.  How did you get on this month?