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


2 responses »

  1. Oh my goodness, what a lot of lovely things to look at today! I especially like your top one ( you know I am a sucker for a grid) and the last one with yr pretty spiral motif ( and a lovely photo).

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