Story Time


I have yet more photos of a young Puddle Duck and her books to share with you today.  This first page was made using Maggie Holmes Book Keeper collection and the sketch from Studio Challenge Blog.

DSC_0001I’ve twisted the sketch through 90 degrees and trimmed the 4X6 photos.  I think that was a Spot Anniversary book they are reading.

The second page used My Mind’s Eye Jubilee collection and the 1 April sketch from Stuck?!


This was the photo I thought of when I read Shimelle’s challenge to put a book in our scrapbooks and it was while I was searching through the files on my computer that I came across all those other photos I have scrapped.

I wasn’t too sure about the page at first, but then I decided to add some doodling and it came together.  I didn’t have any alphas to match the colours so I dug out my Sissix alphabets.  This font is Bug in a Rug.  I’m glad I took Puddle Duck’s advice and used the yellow for the background – I think yellow letters on purple wouldn’t have worked so well.

I think that will do for book pages: for now at least, I know I have a picture of Puddle Duck reading to Cousin Number 1 when they had a sleepover at Grandma’s, but that will keep for another day.

Keeping up and Starting Early with Books


Shimelle and Glitter Girl are generating 2 challenges a week at the moment and in an attempt to keep up I have combined two in one – use numbers and multiple photos.  That starship and Wonder Boy’s first birthday in Glitter Girl’s page inspired this page of my nephew’s first birthday party:


That chipboard rocket and most of the papers are from My Mind’s Eye’s Boy Crazy collection.  I really wanted to use that bright yellow paper as the background and include the plaid pattern on it’s reverse to pick up on The Uncle’s shirt, but I only had one sheet.  Glitter Girl to the rescue with that wonderful technique to cut a full width strip of the pattern and then cut and trim the background and mount all three pieces on a full 12 X 12 sheet (you can see it all explained properly in the video here).

The red background with pink spots is from Maggie Holmes, the numbers are from Shimelle’s first collection and the tag and flags are Crate Paper’s Birthday collection.  I went with a column of smaller photos and a number countdown to balance the vertical of the rocket on the right.

This week Shimelle challenged us to include a book in our scrapbook.  I used two in this LO (although I don’t think this is quite what she had in mind) – as borders either side of the photos:


I used Dear Lizzy Fifth and Frolic papers because the cut apart sheets include some library card elements and that pink picks up the pink in Puddle Duck’s clothes.  The two books are cut from a sheet from Crate Paper’s Grandma’s Shop collection.  I think the page needs a little more embellishment, but I’m not sure what just yet.

Puddle Duck has always liked books and she had her own little book corner when she was a baby.  I have so many photos of her with books I had to make another LO.  This one uses Shimelle’s first collection and more Fifth and Frolic:


It’s hard to see in the photo but the pink frame to the left of the photo is stamped with due dates like a library book.  They’d already abandoned stamping books and gone over to an electronic system by the time Puddle Duck joined the library, but most of the books still had the old stamped slips inside.

I’ve got another couple of  book LOs to do – see you soon.

Oh, and for those who expressed an interest in the Alice cut apart sheet and cut-out dressing dolls in my last post – it’s from Marion Smith’s Mad Tea Party Collection.


Return of the Counterfeit Kit



It’s been a while since I last joined in with the Counterfeit Kit Club.  I made a very orange version of the kit for last October and started a double page which remains unfinished. I made up a Christmas kit based on Shimelle’s 2014 Christmas kit but didn’t share or use it until I made this page for Shimelle’s online scrapbooking weekend.  Since then I’ve been too busy and this kit just ain’t my thang! But then I saw Jemma’s interpretation and I’d just finished this page of Puddle Duck playing dress up as Alice after we’d done some baking.


Well that rose paper is perfect to use as the base for a dark, vintage, floral kit and the Maggie Holmes pad it came from was still at hand. This is the kit I came up with; ‘Vintage Alice’.


And this is my first completed page – using a photo of us with Alice and The White  Rabbit at Disney World last August.


Scrapbook Like a Super Hero



Do you have certain ‘go to’ designs for your scrapbooking pages?  My go to for three photos has to be this one from Shimelle’s 4X6 Photolove scrapbooking series.

I have two recent examples to share – both from last year’s US holiday.  First uses some photos from our hotel in WDW which will be the cover page for that section of the album.  The entrance to our room was through that hat in the middle photo.


I used some Rusty Pickle papers which have been in my stash for probably 6 years and the new eyelets and eyelet setting tool The Grandma bought me.  Still had to get the Cropodile out for the top one though!  I’ve still not mastered eyelet setting – a couple of these are a bit smooshed.

The second is of an intriguing sculpture in New York’s Museum of Modern Art:


I found this blog post on the sculpture, if you are interested in reading more about it.



I made this page in parallel with another I started for Shimelle’s weekly challenge to use vellum.  I dug out some old printed vellum and added some vellum flowers as the base to my title and clusters and some vellum butterflies, then finished off with liquid pearls. If you struggle with layers and clusters there’s a wonderful Glitter Girl video to help you here.




The embellishment on my third page for this post follows a similar pattern, with butterflies and liquid pearls.  It started with white card stock but I got stuck and rearranged it all following a discussion on the Scrapbook Like a Super Hero Face Book page.

I’m not too happy with the way the journalling came out on the Hive Mind page, so I’m going to give this some thought before I add some journalling (plus I need to get some more info on the photo from The Grandma).


What really makes me happy about these pages is that I used up some old stash which had been sitting unloved in my drawer.  What have you scrapped lately?

My Favourite


Just catching up with sharing some recent page – here’s one for the challenge to use green at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge. I love, love, love that photo of The Grandma and Puddle Duck. I’m so happy to have it scrapped at last and green is Grandma’s favourite colour.


Working with White (or not!)


I decided to try the latest Glitter Girl challenge to use just one sheet of white card stock and a pack of nearly used 6X6 paper.  I had an old school photo, a part used pad of Echo Park’s Back to School papers and inspiration from Pinterest (is that Pinspiration?).  The challenge was precipitated by a request for help from scrappers with limited stash, so I decided that the buttons in the inspiration page were fair game to use, since every house has a button tin right? (or is that just me?).  I also used some paperclips and staples to add a bit more interest; since these are everyday stationery items I don’t consider that to be cheating either.


I’m not too enamoured with the end result.  I think the high proportion of browns in the papers fit with the data of the photo, but the white back ground is a little too stark.  I am thinking about lifting the three groupings and transferring them onto another background.  Or maybe i should just add some ink splatters.

I had more success using up some of my old Basic Grey papers.  I love this collection so much I took the opportunity to grab some extra sheets when a friend destashed a while ago.


The journalling was inspired by a challenge on Soul Scrappers to use Joni Mitchell’s song Big Yellow Taxi as inspiration for a page.  There’s a nice shot of green in this page so I will be linking up to Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge, where this month’s challenge is to scrap with green.

I’m on a bit of a roll at the moment and I have three more pages to share with you later this week.

New Directions


It’s lovely having Shimelle and Glitter Girl back on t’internet. Sadly I haven’t managed to do one of Shimelle’s weekly challenges until now. This week the challenge is to scrap black and white photos.  Easy peasy, so I decided to scrap one of me from a challenging time in my life.

I think it was taken during the I summer between A Levels and heading off to University. I look happy, but there’s something posed about it. I remember going on holiday with my parents and having split up with my boyfriend, so I know it wasn’t the happiest time for me.

I’ve been intending for ages to do a page using white card stock covered with ‘Laugh’ cut from lots of different patterned papers and that’s where I  started but it just wasn’t working out; so I went in a slightly different direction and this is the result: 

I’ve been using patterned paper as a background for so long it’s great to break it up and use white card stock for a change. The latest Glitter Girl adventure is white card stock and a 6X6 paper pad. Think that’s next on my list, but I’d best clear away all those die cuts first to remove temptation………..