English Summer




Such a nice surprise today when I clicked on the Studio Challenges blog – I’ve been picked as one of their favourites for April!  I only visited to check out the latest challenge and if I could use my July Counterfeit kit for the colour challenge.

This month’s kit is based on the Scrapbook and Cards Summer 2015 kit; Heatwave.  It doesn’t look like there’s much chance of a heatwave in the UK this year.

I knew I had some blue Echo Park paper with bees on it, so that was the first thing to go in the kit. I’ve omitted the coloured cardstock and the newspaper and crossword papers, but I found a match for most of the other papers in the kit.  Here’s my version; English Summer:


Some of the papers are double sided, so I hope to make some pinwheels from those. I’m still finishing off June’s kit, but I am hoping to start using my new kit this month!  And since one of those B-sides is orange I think I may just be starting with that Studio Challenge colour challenge.

In the meantime here’s a page inspired by June’s kit and the end of an English Summer.


These photos of Puddle Duck taking a donkey ride have been in one of my to scrap packs of photos for quite a while.  The Dear Lizzie paper of flowers on the corner of a text paper is similar to one in the inspiration kit and the pink horse paper is from the same collection.  I added a couple of wooden birds to balance the wooden scrabble letter I used for the title.

Double Oops!


July already?  That’s half the year gone and most of June’s Counterfeit kit.  I made another LO, this time using a sketch from the Studio Challenge blog:


I’m running out of whole sheets and I have something in mind for the dark blue constellations paper so I pulled in a sheet of text paper from my stash for the background.  I wanted to do one of the Counterfeit kit Challenges and a quote from one of Puddle Duck’s T-shirts was perfect (Challenge 2 – use a humorous quote) with this photo taken at her Primary School in 2009.  It was only when I returned to the blog page that I scrolled down and noticed that one of the Design Team had used the same quote – OOooops!


The other Oops was sticking down the chipboard title and then realising I should have stamped the date first!  Never mind, I have another page I like to put in my album.

Sketch Crazy June


This month’s challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge is to use the word Wonder in your title – perfect with my counterfeit kit, since one of the chipboard die cuts is ‘The Wonder Years’ in a suitable size.  I picked out a photo of Puddle Duck but then my mojo deserted me and I wasn’t sure where to go from there.  But fear not – Sarah Roulston to the rescue with the June Sketch Crazy Challenge at For the Love of Pretty Paper Group on Face Book.  There are three sketches and I used this one for my Wonder Years layout:

And here’s my page:


But then I decided to go the whole hog and use all three sketches.  Here’s the second one:

I twisted it to accommodate two landscape photos and again used my Counterfeit kit:


I was running out of suitable whole sheets for backgrounds by this stage, but Puddle Duck likes these big spots.  Once I had the photos, papers and embellishments my mojo deserted me again.  I’m still not happy with the title and journalling but I am determined to get pages finished and not have them hanging around.

The third sketch had three photos:

I had three hallowe’en photos from 2012 to scrap and my page came together very quickly – mainly because I only have scraps of hallowe’en papers left.  I only had one piece large enough to mount the photos.  This is the last (or it only?) photo I have of Puddle Duck going trick or treating so I didn’t have any qualms with using up all my trick and treat embellishments.


So that’s sketch crazy June.  Or is it?  Is there another sketch to get my counterfeit kit used up?

Having a Blast


I’ve been busy this week.  Puddle Duck’s bedroom is done and I’ve been having a blast with Shimelle’s Scrapbook Process course. I have all but finished my Lapland scrapbook album – just titles and journalling for 3 pages and one left to embellish and it’s done.  I’ve even done a card to fit in the window on the front cover.

I think I’ll wait until that’s finished and show you the complete album.  For now I have two pages to share for challenges and both using Counterfeit kits.  First is a page from this month’s kit, using this month’s sketch on the Facebook group Sketchy Scrappers:


Puddle Duck insisted on helping and adding some sparkle with Stickles.  I think I might need to add something to the top right of the photos – maybe some journalling will do it; and some more sparkle!

My second page uses my counterfeit kit from last December and fits Shimelle’s challenge to produce a page with strong horizontal lines.


I’m beginning to think that I need a new way to scrap 3 4X6 photos – I seem to be doing this a lot lately!

Hurrah for June!


I’ve taken the week off work for half term, which means that I am at home and able to put together my Counterfeit kit today – Hurrah!  And what a lovely kit Lisa/Leslie (?) has chosen for us to Counterfeit this month.

I wrote a quick list of what stood out for me from the kit – pink, aqua, yellow and navy, with black and white, large spots, diamonds, stars, large floral and script; and trotted off to my craft room to shop my stash. I decided to base everything around the bright triangle paper and large floral print. I started with My Mind’s Eye Jubilee Tangerine triangles, but I didn’t have a large floral to co-ordinate, so I moved on to My Mind’s Eye  Cut and Paste Presh, but decided that was too pastel – I wanted bright!

I finally settled for My Mind’s Eye Jubilee Wild Berry, which has diamonds, a large floral, a co-ordinating large word print and a black and white patterned stripe.  I also had some embellishments from the collection – perfect!

I picked out some co-ordinating papers from a couple of Heidi Swapp 12X12 paper pads and a couple of sheets from Studio Calico’s Print Shop and my paper kit was done:


I found a couple of sheets with yellow stars but sadly they were the wrong shade, so I stuck with blues and aqua. And here are my embellishments:


I’ll add some alphas as I need them, but I hope to cut up those word sheets to make some titles.  If I have time this month I have some counterfeiting ideas, but right now I’m off to see if I can find some coloured frames to add to the kit, before I have to face the reality which is mowing the lawns!

Scrapping Family Photos


As the end of May rapidly approaches I have a couple of LOs to share from my counterfeit kits.  They are very different – one bright, modern photos of everyday family fun and the other a formal vintage photo.

May’s kit was the perfect palette to scrap some family photos of Puddle Duck with her Dad and niece and nephew.  And yes that date is correct – those photos were taken on a sunny day in October!


That broad black and white stripe was the only whole sheet left in my kit.  It’s not a pattern I would have gone for with a stack of three photos like this, but I like the way it turned out.  I’m thinking that some gold sequins scattered around might add just the finishing touch but I have none in my stash so that will have to wait until I buy some!

My second LO is using April’s kit, which had a vintage feel to it.  Perfect for scrapping this old Photo of my Dad’s Grandmother and Aunt Pem – his father’s youngest sister.


I’m not sure if that feels quite finished.  What do you think?

A Break from Changing Rooms.


It’s been busy round here.  Would you believe buying a new bed would entail moving a radiator, taking down a wall to wall shelf and now rehanging a door! It was never like this on Changing Rooms!

I’ve managed to squeeze in some counterfeiting though – this month’s kit was so great I pulled my version together on launch day and I was so eager to get scrapping I couldn’t wait for the next morning and good light.  So here’s my dodgy photo of my kit, taken in artificial light:


I had some of the My Mind’s Eye flair and chipboard, so I built a kit around them, with lots of black and white. I went for a spot instead of the bokeh print and it was that I cut into first, to put together a page based on this sketch from Stuck?!

And here’s my (almost finished) page to tell another part of the story of Puddle Duck’s first Holy Communion:


I had a little help from the ladies on Facebook for the title.  I cut the alphas from some black and white striped paper using my Big Shot. And the reason it’s almost finished?  I have misplaced my gold thread to tie through the chipboard buttons and add some stitching to the edge of the pp top left.

I’ll be back later with another page but I must get back to the bedroom remodel now.