Focus Your Craft and Soul


Last weekend Jennifer Grace organised a wonderful craft event on her blog. Today is the last chance to link up so I’m back to share how I was inspired. I decided to focus on completing. I finished a page I started from a sketch on a Face Book page, using my Counterfeit Kit for April. I loved the way Annie had doodled around the edges of her layers on the event blog hop, so I gave it a go and love the way it turned out. DSC_0504 Jennifer also prompted us to focus on the everyday, which gives me the perfect opportunity to share my Project Life Light pages for March and April: DSC_0387 March started with World Book Day (Puddle Duck went to school dressed as Opal Plumstead, but I have no photo), Red Nose Day and Mothers Day.  I went to Edinburgh for work and they put me in Room 101 (Gulp).  Then we had a solar eclipse, Easter Assembly at school; where Puddle Duck won a chocolate bunny in the raffle, and I took Puddle Duck and two friends to see Cinderella at the cinema. DSC_0388 In April, Puddle Duck cooked tea for the first time – to her own recipe, then it was off to That There Fancy London for our annual trip.  This time we went to The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, did some of the Shaun in The City trails and found the Moomin shop in Covent Garden DSC_0390 We also had a day out at Warwick Castle with Puddle Duck’s friend. I finally persuaded her to go into the Dungeons and she giggled the whole way round. DSC_0391 Well that’s me for now.  Thank-you Jennifer for a lovely crafting event.

A Belated International Scrapbooking Day Post


International scrapbook Day (ISD) seems so long ago and it’s nearly a month since my last post so it’s about time I shared what I’ve been up to and linked up to those wonderful inspiration sites on t’internet.

For ISD I took part in challenges set by members of the Facebook Group For the Love of Pretty Paper, which was set up by Sarah Roulston of Hey Little Magpie.  And I also had a look at the Counterfeit Kit Club challenges.  The first challenge on FB was to use three photos and some new stash.  I had three photos taken on the quay in St Petersburgh, left over from my pocket page.  The papers are all pretty old but I managed to sneak in one new chipboard arrow to meet the criteria.


I think I must have had the CKC challenges on my mind too, because the colour palette is pretty close to this mood board one AND I included some gold glitter alphas, which was another of the challenges.

Then there were scrap lift and sketch challenges.  Amanda King challenged us to scrap lift this page:

Of course I reached straight for my pack of photos from Chester Zoo and January’s Counterfeit Kit and here’s my page:


Then there was a sketch from Jennifer Grace:

I kept my page very simple, copying the tyre in the photo to create a place for journalling instead of the sun in the sketch (apologies for the wonky photo).

DSC_0502I think I must have still had the sketch in my head when I did the final challenge – to scrap about work (do you see the similarities?).


I try to work at home once a week so that I can do the school run.  This particular day Puddle Duck had made some microwave mug cakes, so I had a tasty snack.

I also did a challenge to create some Project Life cards but I think that’s more than enough for now and I’ll save them for another post.  I’ll be back later today with a post for Jennifer Grace’s Focus your Craft and Soul blog event.  See you later and Happy Scrapping!

P.S also linking up to Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge, where this month the challenge is to use flowers.


A Spring Blog Hop with CKCB


Welcome to my part of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Members’ Blog Hop – hope you’re enjoying it. You should have come here from Sherrie, if you haven’t hop over to the CKCB site to start from the beginning.

Today I have combined challenges 1 and 3.  Challenge 1 was to combine with another challenge and I have selected a sketch from Stuck?!

Challenge 3 was to be inspired by spring.  I thought my kit was pretty unspring-like with the geometrics, bright colours and black and white, but wait – there’s some nice soft, spring pastels in there.  I used the sketch to create a base without choosing any photos.  The grey, white, aqua and pink was all a little too pale for my liking, so I added in the black and white camera washi tape.

Spring to me is flowers and there aren’t any in my kit, so I fussy cut some from some scraps left from a previous kit.  I know they’re not strictly speaking spring flowers but they do for me.  Once I’d picked out and printed my photos I realised that the spacing wasn’t quite right with the frame.  I added a couple of chipboard frames and then kept on adding bits of embellishment in the three areas: and now here’s my project …


I took these photos during our Easter break trip to London.  Puddle Duck loves trails and Shaun the sheep so it was a good combination.  We’ll be doing the owls in Birmingham this summer too.

Thanks for stopping by and now you should hop over to Leslie.  I’m sure she has something lovely to share.
The full blog hop list will be published on the CKCB so if you get lost along the way, head over there to find your way back onto the hop.
Don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know you were here and happy hopping

St Petersburgh – Day 2


So here we are with the next four pages for my cruise album. I carried on using my Counterfeit kit but this time I stepped it up using the challenge from Scrap Our Stash, which is challenge 1 at CKC – to combine with another challenge. The SOS challenge is to use the letters of the word stamp to inspire your page.

I used;

Splatters and Studio Calico

Transparencies and Thickers

Alphas, ampersand and American Crafts

Mistables, Martha Stewart and Maggie Holmes

Punch and pearls

On our second day in St Petersburgh we took a trip to Peterhof to see the gardens. It has been dubbed the Russian Versailles and it is certainly spectacular.






DSC_0260So that’s the PHD challenge I set myself complete – to finish the 10 pages for St Petersburgh (although now that I had done these pages I have half a mind to go back and add a bit more embellishment to pages 5 and 6).  Hopefully it will give me the push to finish the rest of the album and I have started to look at Helsinki.

I hope you’ll join me on the CKC blog hop on 24 April, when I’ll be sharing the page(s) I did for challenge 3.


St Petersburgh – Day 1


I’ve been very productive this month. I have completed March’s Project Life Lite, 10 (yes ten – it’s not a typo) pages for last year’s cruise album and a 12X12 page. So as not to overwhelm you with one mahoosive post, I will split them into smaller posts; starting with the sixes pages from day 1 in St Petersburgh, which I have been working on for a PHD (project half done) challenge.


This was the motivator for the trip. St P has been on my bucket list since before I even knew what a bucket list was. I wanted to see the Winter Palace, which is now home to The Hermitage Museum. Since we hadn’t organised our own visas we could only go ashore on one of the cruise tours, so I picked a guided museum tour.


I used my Counterfeit kit for these pages. I couldn’t find my gold ink for my title so I used Puddle Duck’s gold acrylic glitter paint instead. It took ages to dry and the coverage isn’t brilliant but I think it has turned out OK.

DSC_0281These pages were already full with photos.  I took a few out and did a bit of re-arranging so that I could add title and journalling cards.  I have more photos so I think I will also do some 12 X 12 LOs.

DSC_0284Pocket pages are a really quick way to scrap – especially when you have a lot of photos.  I may be doing this more often.



There were a choice of evening excursions or staying on board for a traditional Russia folkloric show. We went on the River Neva boat trip. The sunset was glorious. I love that it looks like the ship is on fire – silhouetted against the sunset.

DSC_0250I’d found my gold ink by this stage, but maybe I should have used a little white acrylic behind the title to allow the letters to stand out a little more.


DSC_0252So now it’s over to you – which would you like to see next: Day 2 at the Peterhof Palace and Gardens, March Project Life Lite or the spring inspired 12 X 12 from my Counterfeit kit?

A Kit for Pocket Pages


Hello there, how are you?  Welcome to my little corner of the internet.  You can probably guess from my title that I’ve logged in today to share my April Counterfeit Kit, but I’ve also been trying something a little different to my usual 12 X 12 scrapbooking.

I loved the kit when I first saw it on Wednesday. Black and white and geometric patterns in bold colours. But then I watched the unboxing video and there was very little paper and no 12 X 12 sheets!  Well this is my kit so I can add that in, right?  So here’s my interpretation of the kit:

DSC_0282I’ve already cut apart a couple of sheets I pulled form my stash to create those 4X6 and 3X4 cards.  I found those feather stickers in a drawer and threw those in because it’s about time they were used. All those cards make the kit a bit ‘Project Lifey’ so I pulled out a set of cards I bought to do my Cruise album; including some acetates:

DSC_0283There are some 4X6 ones too, which I haven’t photographed.  My only gold thickers have a bit of a groovy 60’s vibe, so I pulled out my mislables too, which are a little straighter, with some gold ink (shown in the first photo).

Speaking of which it’s time to share my new project for 2015.  I’ve always liked the look of Project Life, but I know I don’t have the time and I wouldn’t take enough photos for a double spread every week.  So I have come up with something I think will work for me – a spread per month.

I’ve done January and February and March is nearly done.  January proves by point wrt photos – I have enough for one page for the whole month!


I picked up some pads of ‘Snap’ 4X6 cards in the same colour scheme, including these great ones with the months on = Perfick! February was a bit easier with photos – Puddle Duck’s birthday and a trip to Butlins:


And here are the pages close up:



I think I’ll call it Project Life Light!

I’ve done a couple of pages for my Cruise album with my Counterfeit kit already, but this post is getting rather long so i’ll save those for another day.  Happy Scrapping everyone and this month I will mainly be scrapping pocket pages!

Busting some old stash


It’s been a week and a half since Mother’s Day and the flowers Puddle Duck bought for me are still going strong:


She also got me breakfast in bed and made me two cards (at school and Guides) and a scrapbook page, using a sheet of pp from a pad I had on my table:


After lunch I had to take her into Wolverhampton so that she could buy my present – a Daenerys Targarean Pop Funko.  She insisted on using her own pocket money and wanted to pay for the carpark too.  What a sweetie!

I’ve had that pad of Amy Tangerine papers for over a year and then suddenly I’m using it a lot.  I made this page for my Mom and framed it in a box frame I bought from The Range.

DSC_0253She’s been sorting out her old black and white snap shots and this group are just too precious to put back in the case unremarked.  Puddle Duck is off to school camp next term, so I may have some photos from her to scrap.

But that’s not what inspired me to get the pad out and start using it after all this time.  It was pulling out a paper with a map of the US to include in February’s Counterfeit Kit.  I had the perfect photo from a work trip to Denver.  The page wasn’t quite what I had in mind originally and I used papers and vellum from my main stash rather than just the kit but I think it turned out nice in the end.

DSC_0255Looking at it on screen I’m thinking maybe it could do with a little ink splatter.  What do you think?

I had a few other photos from the trip and rather than do another 12 X 12 page I decided on two 12X6 pages to bridge the page with this one I made last year:


Bridging between a white based page with a cream based page was a challenge and this is what I came up with:

DSC_0258The base paper is from the Amy Tangerine pad so is a perfect match to the cream on the RHS,  while the paper chain figures mirror the LHS. And I just had to use my new embossed leaf punch to pull the colours in from the two pages.

Then turn the half page……………..


This time I’ve taken the cloud motif and the blue colour from the RHS onto the half page. And the photos were taken the same day as the group shot, in the beer garden in the top photo on the LH page.  The paper is from February’s Counterfeit kit and is half way between the white on the left and the cream on the right.

Since I’ve had that pad for over a year I think that counts as old stash so I’m linking up with the challenge to use old stash at the Studio Challenge site and I hope I’ve used enough blue to be included in the Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge to use blue in your LO.