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About jsquared

I'm a working mom to a lively 11 year old girl. I love crafting, photography and exploring new places. We live in Dudley in the Black Country.

Disney Catch up (Part 2)

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Posting my next batch of Disney LOs is way over due.  I’ve been scrapping in batches – doing a lot and then nothing.  I’ll show these pages from our Disneyland Paris trip in 2014 in album order rather than the order I made them and it was this first one which had me stumped for quite a while.

For the longest time it sat on my desk with just the background paper (Crate Paper’s Boys Rule collection), the strip from Say Cheese II and the matted photos and I just couldn’t think what to do next.  It was great to finally get it done, so that it could slot in before the following pages from that same evening:

I used my August Counterfeit kit for these pages and threw in some extra bits including Say Cheese III and other Disney phrase stickers.  The bright colours are perfect with the larger than life Disney characters.

Next page in the album is Minnie Mouse; yet another character from the same evening.

I’m trying to decide whether to scrap the photos of Strawberry dancing the Macarena for the facing page.

The next pages are from our last day in the park, using my September Counterfeit kit.

This was the first 12 X 8 photo i scrapped for the album and I’m working out how to add some journalling.  I may be brave and write directly onto the photo!

All of these pages have been inspired by the fabulous Magical Scrapbooking course run by Shimelle Laine.  But this final one is a very special page: made at a class with Amy Tan, organised by Birds of a Feather.

The colour palette fits in the album, but the style is a bit different form the other pages.  I think I’ll be looking for an opportunity to do another page with a border and a colourful strip across the top.

I think that’s enough for now.  I am still ‘stuck’ on my villains’ parade double LO which I started at my retreat in September and I have a couple of pages half done from our Come Dine with Us experience at The Beast’s Castle at Disney World.  Here’s hoping my mojo can get those finished soon.

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Disney catch-up Part 1

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I realised I have only shared one double page from my weekend away at the start of September, so I think it’s time I correct that before I get even further behind.  Here are my pages made that first weekend in September in the order they appear in the album.

I made this page for the sketch challenge.  It is page three in the album – meeting Mickey when we arrived at the hotel.

I created this page as a ‘filler’.  I had two double pages and only one photo to go between – this fills the gap and I have since added a layer of vellum under the photo.

It sits opposite this page, made for the ‘just one thing challenge’.  We were given a kit and allowed to use just one other thing from our stash.  I chose my Say Cheese III stickers.  The circle paper from Shimelle’s Go No Go was perfect to use with September’s sketch from disneyscrappers.ning.com.

I went with a grid design for my Disney Villains photos.  Strawberry suggested the title.  Although it is from a 2015 film and these photos are from 2006 I think I can get away with it because it is sung by the villains’ Descendents.

And this last page isn’t mine.  It was made by Strawberry for the sketch challenge – using her own sketches in the film strip.There is one last double page to share from that weekend but it’s not quite finished.  Since I have returned home I have added some extra photos in a 6X12 pocket page protector and I have the journalling and a little more embellishment to do.  I’ve also done more pages from my second Disney trip and I need to take better photos of those.

I doubt that I’ll get that done before Saturday, when I’m off to Chateau Impney for a class with Amy Tangerine.  I’ll be back after that with more Magical Scrapbooking.

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Purple Reign

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It’s been a very busy month.  I’ve been so busy scrapping Disney photos that I haven’t had chance to blog.  I signed up to Shimelle’s Magical Scrapbooking course and I’ve been trying to get my albums from our four Disney trips in order.  I’ve ordered two lots of prints and lost the packet of photos I already had printed from last Christmas in Disneyland Paris.

There’s too many photos to try and cram into one blog post, so I’ll start with a couple from our first Disney trip, way back in 2006.  These both use purple (not a colour I use often in my pages), which is this month’s challenge at Another Freakin’ Scrappy Challenge.

I know it looks more pink in the photo, but I promise that the large mat is a pale purple.  the top left photo is matted on pink card stock because it holds a secret: It is the top photo in an accordion fold, showing the parade coming up Main Street towards us.

I’m not sure if you can see, but the pink card is a perfect match for pink glow where the sunlight crosses the street. Flip it over and there is another parade photo and space for some journalling:I really struggled with this page and I’m not sure I am entirely happy with it now.  Hopefully it will grow on me.

I had another sheet of card stock in a similar shade of purple so I decided to use that as the base for my final page, using the last photo we took before going home.

I need to add some journalling and I think I’ll go back and add some more embellishment when I do a final flick through of the album.

That’s it for now.  Hope to be back soon with more Magical scrapbooking – including my September Counterfeit kit, my first page with a 12X8 photo and something from Strawberry.  Until then keep scrapping!

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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