Catching up ……. from July!


I have some catching up to do and I thought I’d start by sharing some pages I made with July’s Counterfeit kit.  Since I started using the kit with photos from The Eden Project, I thought that I would continue with photos from the same day.

First was our delicious lunch:


And then Puddle Duck having a go at milling her own breakfast oats:


Here’s a scrap lift from one of July’s Counterfeit kit Members’ Blog Hop:


If anyone remembers who made the original please let me know so that I can edit this post and add the link.

And finally here’s one I started and then put to one side until I had chance to finish it at my scrappy weekend away: 

There’s still time to win a prize on the Pass the Page Blog Hop – you have until Sunday.  Just follow this link, then hop along and leave a comment on each blog and I’ll put your name in the draw.

Pass the Page Blog Hop


Hello there. I know I’ve been away and not blogged for a while. I hope there’s still someone there.

It’s been very busy round here. I’ve found time to scrap but not to blog. Truth be told I probably wouldn’t be here now but last weekend I went to Cirencester for a crafting weekend. It’s becoming a bit of an annual event with a few traditions – Ruth’s 12 (15) challenge, Lizzie’s book binding lesson and my Pass the Page game.  For those of you not familiar with the concept, it’s the scrapbnooker’s equivalent to Chinese Whispers. It starts with a page, photographed and sent to Scrapper 1, who scraplifts it and sends a photo to Scrapper 2 and so on. You only get to see the page before yours until the final reveal when you can see how it evolved along the chain.

I was so busy this year that I pulled out an old LO to kick things off. A photo from Puddle Duck’s first trip to London in 2012. Here it is:


Looking at it now, I want to go back and put on another butterfly – too late now!  And here’s the full list of participants in the blog hop:





Mrs Wookie







First stop is K. Having actually seen all the LOs this time, I can say that they are all wonderful and you will see some surprising changes along the way.  Follow the hop and leave a comment at every stop before 1 October to be entered in a draw to win a Studio Calico roller date stamp.

Happy hopping and if you get lost along the way come back here to pick back up where you left off.

Revels in the Vineyard


Welcome back to my first layout with my Counterfeit Kit and thank-you you all so much for the lovely comments you have left.


Challenge 1 is to make a LO with more than 4 photos. My standard go to for multiple 4X6 photos is the course Shimelle ran on 2Peas in a Bucket.  Sadly that site is now closed but the videos are still available on YouTube – just Google ‘Shimelle 4X6 Photolove’ and then add the name of the month which corresponds to the number of photos you want to scrap.  You’ll then find a process video for a layout with that number of 4X6 photos – although of course you could adapt them to other sizes.


Although I had eight photos of the Bachannalian Revels from the Eden Project, I already had a LO in mind with 6 photos.  And here’s my double page:


This is the third LO I’ve made with this idea of a row 6 offset photos.  I think it works well with my border strip forgeries but I’m thinking I want to move the photos around now!  I’m looking forward to seeing what the Master Forgers have done.

If you would like to try this yourself, you can find the video here: Shimelle’s 4X6 Photolove



Forgeries on the Fourth



Welcome back to my first scrapping post with July’s Counterfeit kit. When I first saw the Scrapabilly kit I thought it would be easy to forge the 3X4 cut apart cards, using some of the woodgrain paper I had in my kit. So I collected some supplies and sat down to craft.






Truth be told I’ve struggled to think of quotes I will use on a page, even though I had this wonderful source of inspiration on Pinterest, from Jen Fisher. So far I have made these three: I’m not too enamoured with the top one but the other two are OK.




My other forgery was more successful.  I had in mind a double page LO with a couple of border strips. I had some in my kit but I needed two 24 inch strips and I didn’t have that. One of the cut apart strips in the original Scrapabilly kit looked like black lace. I have black lace and lace stamps in my stash,so I decided to experiment.




I used a sheet of bleached wood paper from Crate Paper’s The Pier collection.  I made one border strip by adhering back lace tothepaper and another by using black StazOn ink and my Jenni Bowlin lace stamp.

Both seemed to work.  Maybe it’s because the lace pattern is similar that they work together. I’ll be using them soon and back to show you the results in Challenge 1 on Monday.

Scraplifting with Amanda


If you are here for the CKC blog hop, that was my last post, which you’ll find if you scroll down – but please don’t rush straight off.  I have one final LO from June’s kit to show you, which makes it 7 from last month’s kit.  Back in May I took up Amanda’s scrap lifting challenge and she picked my LO to win a prize and asked me to be her Guest Designer for July (I know how crazy is that? – two Guest Design spots in one month!!) So here’s the LO Amanda sent for me to scrap lift: Image 5   And here’s my scrap lift: DSC_0561 I’m very happy to get these photos scrapped.  You can see that they have faded quite a lot so I hope that will slow down once they are in the album.  I stuck with two photos, an oversized photo mat, a strip to the left of the photos and a couple of journalling cards.  I changed the position of the embellishments and if you have come here from Amanda’s blog and are observant you may have noticed that I have added some tiny punched apples.  I like to top buttons on a LO and it felt like I had some trapped white space by my journalling.  Apple punch to the rescue! I hope you’ll join in with Amanda’s challenge this month – I’d love to see your take on her page.

CKC July Kit Blog Hop


I was so delighted to receive an e-mail asking me to be the July Guest Designer for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This month we are Counterfeiting the Scrapabilly March 2015 Kit, which you can view on the CKC blog or via the link.

It’s full of aqua, black, neutrals, frames and weathered wood. My version has a little more colour to it, although I have tried the stick as closely as possible to the original papers.


And here’s a closer look at the 12 X 12 papers:


The papers are, from left to right, top row first:-

Kaiser Craft, Base Coat Collection, Distressed

Me and My Big Ideas, Mambi Sheets

MME, Now and Then,  Milo ‘Friends’, Fallow

Dear Lizzy, 5th & Frolic

Pebbles, Homemade

Pebbles, From Me to You

Crate Paper, DIY Shop

Dear Lizzy, Polka Dot Party

Maggie Holmes

Dear Lizzy Neapolitan

MME, Now and Then, Milo ‘Inspired’ Trees

It all looks a little washed out and calm so I think I’ll call it Driftwood.  I stuck quite closely to the papers in the original kit, there were some I couldn’t match but I’ve made up for that in my add on kit, which I made up using things I thought would work but aren’t a direct match to anything in the Scrapabilly kit.


The papers are:-

Me and My Big Ideas, Mambi Sheets

Studio Calico, Wanderlust

Crate Paper, DIY Shop

Maggie Holmes (this is a great neutral background sheet with big rosettes)

Pebbles, Homemade

Studio Calico, Wanderlust

Amy Tangerine, Sketchbook

Maggie Holmes

Dear Lizzy, 5th & Frolic

Alphas are; Basic Grey, Marjolaine

I sometimes find that I run out of background papers and have to pull in some extra sheets to finish the kit – I’m totally off plain card stock as a background these days.  Hopefully the add on will guard against that happening this month.  The original kit looks as though it would suit vintage and mixed media scrapping which is far from my style, so I hope I’ve pulled in enough here to create a kit I can make work for me.

I had these scraps left from previous kits (the frames are the other side of the stripes from June’s kit). I will probably do some fussy cutting to make some embellishments. I also have some wooden frames to throw in, which I forgot to photograph.


And these 6X4 cards are from Dear Lizzie 5th & Dime, plus a piece of woodgrain from a previous kit, which will be part of my forgeries.  Visit the CKC blog on 4th July to see what the Master Forgers have made.  I have some ideas and hope to get mine posted around the same time.

DSC_0555Your next stop on the blog hop is Lisa – I’m sure she’ll have an amazing kit to show you.  In case you get lost along the way here’s the full running order for the blog hop.

Happy Hopping.


Killing my June Kit (with a Little Help from a Hitch Hiker’s Guide)


So here we are at the end of June and I’ve just about killed June’s CKC kit.  I must say that it was greatly helped by watching Shimelle’s videos in her Hitch Hikers Guide to Scrapbooking course.  As with all that she does it is truly awesome and available to buy on-line at her blog.

This kit has been very good for scrapping older photos.  This is one from my A-Level Physics class, circa 1982/3.  I took up the one side or the other challenge from CKC with a sketch from (the now closed) Creative Scrappers website, which I used last year.

DSC_0558Then I did another couple of pages for my Eden Project album:


This photo placement is a Shimelle staple and one I have used before.  The next one is something new (or new to me at least) from the Hitch Hiker’s Guide.


I thought the statue was a man until I found something about it on-line.  I think it’s because the dead leaves cover the form of her body and we visited at the end of October, so her usually lush hair had died back to a few whispy strands.

Finally we come right back up to date with a photo from Puddle Duck’s Confirmation at the start of June.


As soon as I saw the ‘My Name Is’ die cut I knew I wanted to use it on a page about how she chose her confirmation saint. It was so funny when she was told that she was supposed to live her life true to her Saint. ‘But I don’t want to join the French Army and fight England.” she said.

I had to pull in a few extra background sheets, since I didn’t have enough in the kit I made up, but it means more photos scrapped and more stashed used up, so it’s all good.

I do have one more page to share from this kit, but that will have to wait, because it is my Guest Designer page for Amanda’s scrap lift challenge.  June has been an uber busy month, so I will be back soon with my Project Life Light pages for May and June.  Now where did I leave that glue stick?……..