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?

From Pin to Page




I knew this month’s Counterfeit Kit would be a good one. I’ve had so many ideas but not enough time to scrap.  I started by making some paper bows from my scrap basket, using a free template from a magazine.

Challenge number 3 this month was perfect for me – use an idea previously saved. I have a number of pages on my Pinterest board waiting to be scraplifted. I picked this LO by Kim at Happy Like Yellow and this one by Amanda Johnson for Creative Scrappers.

And then I broke from my normal method. I worked on both together – putting down the three strips of pp on one and then laying out the embellishments on both – switching from one to the other. It was only after I had everything but the confetti and gems done that I picked out the photos and they turned into pages for my childhood memories album.

DSC_0982The idea for the first page was to have embellishments the same colour as the pp clustered above it.  The camera has shown me some colour variation which cannot be seen with the naked eye.  This is definitely one which looks better in real life than on screen.  I’m not sure where the photo was taken and title and journalling may be added later after a chat with The Grandma.

And now for the second page. Although I had the same graduated paper as Amanda used in her LO in my kit, I decided to use the graduated pink instead because it was a better match to the colours in the American Crafts die cut flowers I had in my kit.  I think this one also qualifies for Challenge two – use confetti.


It may have been a departure in method but I’m loving the results.

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?