Be Inspired


Hello and a special welcome to my colleagues from MWH.  I have a special post today.  A work related post.  I’m sharing my love of pretty paper as one of this week’s Be Inspired role models.  If you came here from that e-mail link or Yammer, I’m assuming that you’d like to know a little bit more about scrapbooking and to see a few examples.

I started this blog in 2011, as a place to share my scrapbook pages, when I won a place on a challenge site design team.  It was the first time I had applied to anything like that so I was amazed to be selected.  I’ve had 8,825 visitors since I started blogging and some of them have become friends.  There’s quite a lively online community with several Face Book groups.  It’s mainly a solitary hobby but we sometimes get together at a crop where there is much chatting, eating of cake and various amounts of scrapping.

I’ll show you some example pages now, but if you’d like to know a little more about my creative process and why I scrapbook, you can read about that in this post I wrote as part of a series of blog posts written by a range of crafty types.

First is one of my favourite pages from the ones I made last year, using old photos of me and my brother as children in the garden.  I used  a grid design and lots of embellishments – including some I made myself using scraps of paper and paper punches.


It’s a very busy page and the journalling about my memories playing in the back yard is written to form a border and helps fit the rectangular grid onto the square paper.  By way of contrast, here’s one I made about a trip to Denver to work on a bid for a project with Metro District:


There’s a lot less embellishment this time – I wanted to show the map of the US in the background and the journalling is written on strips to make it easier to read. The cloud pattern is printed vellum, which is semi-transparent and allows the background to show through.  If you try to glue it, the glue shows through so you need to ensure you glue underneath something which is stuck on top (such as the photo), or use tape or stickers (as I have done here) or you could use staples or decorative brads.

And here’s another use of vellum.  this time I made an envelope to hold extra photos.  I got creative with my journaling on this one too – using it to form strings for the fussy cut balloons (fussy cutting is cutting a shape or picture out of a piece of paper by hand).


On all these pages you can see some basic techniques – matting photos (putting them on a piece of paper to give it a border to stand out from the page), using groups of three, layering, inking the edges of papers (best seen on the balloons) to give some contrast against the background and adding dimension with wooden pieces or foam squares to raise some pieces off the background.

Not all scrapbooking is on 12X12 sheets of paper or card.  There’s also Project Life – using pocket pages to record my year.  Most Project Lifers do a double page per week, but I knew i didn’t have time for that level of commitment, so went for my own slimmed down version calling it Project Life Light – a double page per month.

I’m very pleased to say that I managed to keep going and it is almost complete – just some final touches to go. You can see my pages for January and February here; and for March and April here.

Here is May – a month of elections, parties, tests and trips out.


June was very much about school – starting with Confirmation, open day, sports day, Fiver Challenge and finishing with camp.


July saw Puddle Duck performing in two shows and leaving primary school.


In August we went on holiday to America and one double spread just wasn’t enough, so I did two and added a 6X12 page to each.  Here’s the week at Disney World as it appears in the album:



If you would like to see the rest of my 2015 album, pop back next Monday, when I should have the rest finished and posted here.  I want to put the whole thing together in a slide show if I can.

If you would like to see more scrapbook pages, please just scroll down to look at some older posts, you’ll find lots of links to challenge sites and some of my favourite scrapbookers, but before you go here are three valentine cards I made for a make and take on Friday in the Solihull office.


If you couldn’t join us but would like a kit, please leave me your name and office in the comments below and let me know which kit you would like.  Please note though, that colours and paper patterns may vary from those above.

And finally, one more page. As I was flicking through trying to work out which pages might be of interest I came across this one:

QC15 - Never Lose your Sense of Wonder

Never lose your sense of wonder and make the world a better place – isn’t that what we’re all about?

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask whatever you like in the comments section below and I’ll try to answer in next Monday’s post.  Alternatively work colleagues can ask questions via the post on Yammer.

And I have found this source for free classes – not sure how good they are but what do you have to lose if you want to give it a try? Free online scrapbooking courses

Happy Hallowe’en



Happy Hallowe’en everyone.  I managed to catch up a little on my Hallowe’en scrapbooking when I went on my Bloggers’ weekend in September.  I had three pages in progress at the same time, which helps me to cut down on searching papers and embellishments and dithering; because I can decide which LO things should go on without worrying about ‘saving’ them for the next LO.

I started with three sheets of plain black cardstock, but changed one for this gorgeous Echo Park spiderweb pattern.  The photos were from a Hallowe’en themed October birthday party and the title came from one of the Moms as she dropped off two of the witches.  I went with the side by side placement because I had a sheet of cut apart border strips and Hallowe’en ribbon to use up.


The bat border strip on that sheet was perfect to go with my next photo and the Monster Mash paper was perfect too – not just to match the orange of the bat costume but also because the photo was taken at a party to raise money for the Royal Orthopaedic hospital in Birmingham. But my original ideas to use the Alice in Wonderland rhyme as journalling evaporated as the page developed in a different direction.


I love this detail on the date:


And here’s a close up on the bat embellishment:


The third page isn’t quite finished yet, I’ll see if I can get it done today and post again tomorrow.  Have a spooktacular night everyone.



I’m always up for a challenge, so what better than combining these four challenges in one?

This is how the challenge works:
Each site is hosting a challenge on their blog for a chance to win a prize. :)
For each challenge that you complete you will be entered into the prize drawing for that blog.
The Challenges
Challenge YOUrself

Participants are allowed to complete or combine one or more of the challenges, but to be entered into the BONUS prize drawing, you must combine all (4) challenges.

The biggest challenge was the colour scheme. I ended up pulling papers from two MME Cut and Paste collections. Charm covers the yellow, orange, navy and aqua (but it is a bit on the green side on the papers), while Adorbs has the navy, aqua and pink (the yellow is a bit on the green side). With the added bonus being that I had embellishments from both collections and Charm washi tape.


The photos of me were taken at my brothers wedding.

There are still a few days left to join the Scraptoberfest challenges – I’m off to link up to all four sites now.

And moving on to August…………


I thought I’d done all my shares from July’s Counterfeit kit in my last post, but then I found this page in the finished pile in my scrap room:


I don’t know what I did taking that photo – it doesn’t look wonky in real life!  I know it’s based on a sketch but I’m not sure where I got the sketch.  From the circles I’m guessing it’s Stuck?!  I think the photos are from a family holiday to Jersey around 1971 or ’72 and I’m waiting to confirm that with The Grandma before I write in the speech bubble journal spot.

There’s still quite a lot of paper left in that kit but I find I’m craving a bit more colour.  I noticed that August’s Counterfeit kit contained a sheet of woodgrain paper like one I still have in July’s kit so I decided to make myself a page kit and enter Amanda King’s scraplift challenge.


You can see Amanda’s pages on her blog here and here.  And this is my interpretation.


I’ve used an old photo of me taken at a works Christmas Party, so I’m also linking up to Challenge YOUrself’s Scraptoberfest (and there’ll be more of that in another post, since I have done a page combining all four Scraptoberfest challenges).

I’ve put together a kit based on CKC’s October kit and my first double page is almost done – you never know I may actually manage to finish it and do a blog post before the end of October!

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