Death in Paradise

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It may seem like an odd title for a page about a 12th birthday party, but it was a murder mystery party, set on a tropical island and it also is the title of one of Strawberry’s favourite TV shows: so maybe not so odd after all?  And by the time you get to the end you may be thinking ‘Death by Scrapbook Pages’ might be a better title for this blog post!

I used a pp with a circle pattern; from the same Pink Paisley collection as the other page I’ve already done for her birthday, which means I can link up to this month’s Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge to use circles.

I used an accordion fold to include more photos, following a Shimelle design for 7 photos:

I’ve also been creating and using Counterfeit Kits, but I haven’t found time to blog about them. Here is my latest using my July kit and a scrap lift of a scrap lift from a recent Shimelle live on Facebook. It forms a section page in my album for this series of pages from last year’s garden birthday party.  I’ve photographed it in the album, so that you can see how the 6X12 page fits with the 12X12s (again a Shimelle inspiration).

I also have a couple of pages half done from the same kit.  I photographed them in the album too, so apologies for the glare.

I think this was a sketch from a challenge website in June, but I’m not sure which one. I’m still thinking of a title and what alphas to use.  This second one has an acetate pocket (waiting to be machine stitched), following Shimelle’s 4X6 PhotoLove for 9 photos.  

All photos on these two pages were taken at last years Graffiti Festival in Birmingham.  These pages all follow on in my album so I now have a very colourful section for June 2016.  I hope you’ve had a colourful summer.

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Un Instant Magique

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I’ve been joining in with Shimelle’s latest scrapbooking course and clearing out my craft room since last Wednesday.  My craft room has gone from this:


To this:


And I’ve managed this double LO from our first Disney trip in 2006:


I got a little stuck with the embellishment until I decided to try the 13 things challenge on Facebook. And quite incidentally I also meet the bottom line on The Studio Challenge‘s tic tac toe challenge.  And thank-you to the DT there for choosing my LO for one of their March favourites.

Hopefully I will be off to IKEA tomorrow to get a desk for Strawberry to join me in the craft room. I’ll be back to show you when I’ve done and share some of the pages completed earlier this month. Enjoy your Bank Holiday.

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For the Love of Pretty Paper

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FOR THOSE CONFUSED, YES THIS IS AN OLD POST.  I DELETED IN ERROR AND APPEARED OUT OF ORDER WHEN I RESTORED IT. Go to older post to view the real new one posted at the same time.

National Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop

Super excited to be part of the NSD Blog Hop.  I struggled at first when I found out the theme for the blog hop was my favourite technique – I wasn’t sure I had one.  I looked back through my last few pages and concluded that my favourite technique was clustering.

First step was to choose a photo and gather some supplies.  I bought some London themed paper a while ago to scrap photos from The Shard.  I took that as my starting point and put together a page kit with papers from the Discover England collection from Paper House and Shimelle’s True Stories collection and London themed puffy stickers and button badges.

I picked one photo for a 12 X 12 page and others for a pocket page.  As I worked on the 12 X 12 I also worked on a 4 X 6 card for the pocket page to create two similar clusters on each.  The 4 X 6 card was cut from the 4 inch strip cut from the 12 X 12 background sheet.  I needed something to ground the clusters and True Stories has a great coffee cup paper to fussy cut.

I picked three blue cups to make three clusters to make a visual triangle over the two pages.  I started with the largest cluster on the 12 X 12 page next to the photo.  And built a second matching cluster on the 4 X 6 card.

I used a large button badge in the main cluster, while the smaller cluster has a smaller button badge and stickers with the three London landmarks from the large button badge.  The large cluster connects the photo and title and having a similar smaller cluster next to the journalling helps to bring the two pages together.

The third cluster was based on the lid of a coffee cup and included the butterfly, London landmark and heart stickers.

This double page spread left me with the reverse of a pocket page to fill.  So while I was on a roll I picked up the photos from the rest of the day and worked with the photo paper on the back of my 4 X 6 and another cut apart card with a ‘Mind the Gap’ logo.

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Painting with Jellie Bee

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Morgan, aka Jellie Bee, is Strawberry’s favourite artist so she jumped at the chance of a watercolour class with her.

We set off super early because I was worried about traffic on the M6. We arrived in Lytham St Anne’s in plenty of time and easily found R Tilly’s where the class was to be held. With plenty of time to kill we found the Quirky Tea Rooms for a second breakfast of cake.

I decided to use a pocket page for the photos of the tea room. And with no people it fits The Studio Challenge to create a page with no people. Apologies for the glare on the photo.

Strawberry had a great time drawing and painting Amethyst from Steven Universe with Jellie. Everyone else had cancelled so she had a one to one session with her.  I used the latest Stuck?! sketch to scrap the photo of Jellie and Strawberry.  You can’t see her bow very well but it is a large aqua polka dot like the main pattern on the page.


The plain white card stock looked too bare, so Strawberry mixed some ink and water colour paint to the right colour and I added it behind the photo – including some extra splatters for good measure.

After the lesson it was time for afternoon tea at Alice’s Tea Rooms. Those photos will be the other side of the pocket page – once I’ve remembered where I put my Alice themed cards………….

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Jam on Cream or Cream on Jam?

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Now that it is the question.  A cream tea is most definitely a fine British tradition but how should one construct a scone?  I put my jam on first and then top it with cream (and I never use butter with jam – euch!).  But when we went for a cream tea at the V&A with Mrs Wookie, she put the cream on first and then spread the jam on top.

I’ve been told it’s the difference between Devon and Cornwall – who knew? but it had to be scrapped.  One of those moments when I took the photos to scrap the story.  And here is the page; using this month’s sketch at Stuck?! (very apt since it will sit in my album opposite the page I did using last month’s Stuck?! sketch)

I’m on the last of my June Counterfeit Kit.  I’ve got a lot out of it this month.  I’ve done some pocket pages for my 2016 album and that makes the supplies go further.  I also used Shimelle’s 4X6 Photolove for July to scrap seven photos of Tewkesbury Abbey:

And here are the photos on one side of the accordion fold:

And here is the other side:

I decided to use these colours from my kit because the opposite page in the album is a dark blue background with aqua and yellow.  I love how scrapping as an album is helping me to make those difficult choices around which supplies to use for a particular page, so I am quicker getting started.

I have one whole sheet left in the kit and once that is used I’ll call it done and put the scraps in my scrap box.  I’ll be back soon I hope with some pages from my July kit.

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Vintage Charm

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I didn’t think I would have time to blog this month.  I’ve been working long hours and scrapping is much more relaxing than sitting in front of the computer when that’s what I’ve been doing all day.  But today I made a page using the 1 June sketch from Stuck?!

I’ve been using Shimelle’s Scrapbooking Process this month to pull together my 2016 albums – a pocket page ‘Project Life Light’ (on a similar basis to the one I did for 2015 although slimmed down even further) and my main album which is a mixture of 12 X 12 and pocket pages.

The main album didn’t include anything from last year’s summer break in London and I started with 3 square photos from our trip to the V&A.
The title was a last minute change.  I was going to call it V&A Tearooms but when I picked up the embellishment packet with ‘charm’ in it I knew I had the perfect opportunity to use it.

I used my June Counterfeit kit – a mix of MME On Trend 2 and Theresa Collins Daily Stories and Sweet Afternoon.  The background paper is Crate Paper Emma’s Shoppe.

I haven’t shared my kit yet – due to not blogging, so for those Counterfeiters who are interested here it is:
Here are a few more embellishments. And the B-sides to some of the papers And some extra papers thrown in: It’s been a very productive kit so far – this is my fourth 12 X 12 page and I’ve also done 3 pocket pages, all of which I’ve shared on the CKC Facebook Page here.  I have two more pages planned, so I’d best get off and get back to cutting and sticking.

I’ve just realised – I still haven’t used that mask…….

Living the Dream

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An all expenses paid trip to Cyprus.  A room with a balcony and a sea view.  Breakfast on the terrace by the pool.  It sounds like the good life but this was a work trip and I had no-one to enjoy it with. And to make things worse I had to fly out on Mothers Day.  A day when I should have been with family and I was alone in paradise.

A photo taken from my hotel balcony and Challenge 1 spurred me to use the last of my May Counterfeit kit. However, The Grandma pointed out that Limassol is in Cyprus and not Corfu.  Yes I got the place wrong and I had to find a way to cover it up.  I decided on wash tape, which i then put in one or two others places on the page and then added enamel triangles to turn my mistake into a feature.

I considered adding splatters but decided I liked the clean look and I didn’t want to risk spoiling it.  But I think splatters worked well on my page using Creative Scrappers sketch.

I thought I could use some of the Project Life cards left from my kit and the bright alphas as the background, but things didn’t quite work out that way.  The 4 X 4 cards from Shimelle’s True Stories shad the perfect wording and the alphas turned out to be far too busy for the background.  After a bit of trimming and splattering onto white card stock my page tuned out well in the end.  I might go back and add some stitching to the trip at the top of the page once I have made room to get my sewing machine out.