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NSD Challenges


Did you have a good time last weekend, joining in with all the online challenges for National Scrapbooking weekend? Thank-you to everyone who joined in the blog hop and for all the lovely comments you left.  And a huge welcome to everyone who decided to follow my blog as a result.

I wasn’t overly productive last weekend – considering that I stayed in to scrap.  I made three layouts for challenges on Facebook, using my Counterfeit kit.  For the tic-tac-toe challenge I used a sketch from the Scrap Our Stash NSD challenges:

My fussy cut item is the stamped dog in the garland (I think the border punch and patterned paper are self evident!).  The black and white photo and twine were requirements for the tic-tac-toe on FB.

I did a pocket page of Strawberry’s bedroom makeover:

I had terrible trouble with those two small photos.  The ink lifted off and left one looking rather distressed.  It was a new pad of photo paper but a brand I’ve used before.  I think it may have been printing from Word and not being able to specify the paper type which caused the problem.  I’ll give it one try printing from iPhoto with the correct settings and if I have the same problem the pad is going back.

I finally got our trip to see the Room on the Broom in January 2012 onto a page.

The cat, bird and dog embellishments I made were perfect for the subject and Strawberry donated a frog sticker to complete the witch’s companions.

I’ve been buying Promarkers online for Strawberry and the last parcel also contained a part used 6 X 6 pad for me.  Four pages from that pad are now cards for future pocket pages.

The right hand 3 X 4 card has a pocket to slip in a tag or tickets.  Any ideas for a quote or phrase for the 3 X 4 card on the left?

There’s not much of my counterfeit kit left and I have so many ideas.  I’ll be back when I have something to show you.  Until then ‘Keep Scrapping’.


For the Love of Pretty Paper


National Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop

This post is part of the National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop hosted by the Facebook Group “For The Love Of Pretty Paper”

If you are following the hop you should have arrived here from Julia

I struggled at first when I found out I had to create a page using 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.

My 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 with 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 use as a base to build the clusters and True Stories has a great coffee cup paper to fussy cut.  I picked three blue cups to make three clusters to form 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 near the journaling helps to bring the two pages together.

The third cluster was based on the lid of a coffee cup and included London landmarks and heart stickers.  While these three clusters form a triangle across the two pages, each page has its own mini triangle formed of hearts and pink butterflies.

The triangle on the 12 X 12 page is formed by the red hearts, pink butterflies and silver accents.  The I love London sticker fills a gap between the button badge and the title.  It forms another link to the pocket page where I have used the same sticker on a card of Tower Bridge and echoes the phrase on my smaller button badge.

I kept the bulk of the embellishment at the top of the page so that I could add three diamond stickers to the map to show the positions of our hotel, The Shard and The Cambridge Theatre where we saw Matilda that evening.

There’s another triangle on the pocket page – formed by the Union Jack heart stickers and pink butterflies.  The 3 X 4 photo cards are from the Discover England cut apart sheet.

Having a 12 X 12 page with a pocket page is something I’ve started doing a lot of.  The downside is that it dictates that the following page must also be a pocket page, so I’ve been completing a number of pages to fit into an album – rather than making one or two random pages (you can see the pages which fit around these ones in my last post).  I used 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 for the reverse of my pocket page.  I repeated the circular motif with a journalling spot made to go on the cards I made from a Tube map and the London Eye in the card made with my London Skyline die cuts.  A button badge and London stickers carry on the theme from the previous pages and I’ve included pink to help tie in the photos from the Theatre.

To be in with a chance of winning the Blog Hop prize you will need to comment on this post (and on all the blogs in the hop) and when you have completed the hop, return to the Blog Hop thread on “For The Love Of Pretty Paper” and leave a comment to let us know you have been all the way around the hop. Visitors who leave the same (or seen to be the same by the Organisers) comment on all the blogs will not be eligible for the prize. The Closing date for Blog Hop entries is Monday 8th May at 10pm. Only UK addresses are eligible for the prize due to postage costs. Good Luck!

After your visit here please hop on to Maria and if you lose your way or you want to start at the beginning of the hop you can find the complete list on the Facebook page here or on Fiona’s Blog:

Focus Your Craft and Soul


Last weekend Jennifer Grace organised a wonderful craft event on her blog. Today is the last chance to link up so I’m back to share how I was inspired. I decided to focus on completing. I finished a page I started from a sketch on a Face Book page, using my Counterfeit Kit for April. I loved the way Annie had doodled around the edges of her layers on the event blog hop, so I gave it a go and love the way it turned out. DSC_0504 Jennifer also prompted us to focus on the everyday, which gives me the perfect opportunity to share my Project Life Light pages for March and April: DSC_0387 March started with World Book Day (Puddle Duck went to school dressed as Opal Plumstead, but I have no photo), Red Nose Day and Mothers Day.  I went to Edinburgh for work and they put me in Room 101 (Gulp).  Then we had a solar eclipse, Easter Assembly at school; where Puddle Duck won a chocolate bunny in the raffle, and I took Puddle Duck and two friends to see Cinderella at the cinema. DSC_0388 In April, Puddle Duck cooked tea for the first time – to her own recipe, then it was off to That There Fancy London for our annual trip.  This time we went to The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, did some of the Shaun in The City trails and found the Moomin shop in Covent Garden DSC_0390 We also had a day out at Warwick Castle with Puddle Duck’s friend. I finally persuaded her to go into the Dungeons and she giggled the whole way round. DSC_0391 Well that’s me for now.  Thank-you Jennifer for a lovely crafting event.

A Belated International Scrapbooking Day Post


International scrapbook Day (ISD) seems so long ago and it’s nearly a month since my last post so it’s about time I shared what I’ve been up to and linked up to those wonderful inspiration sites on t’internet.

For ISD I took part in challenges set by members of the Facebook Group For the Love of Pretty Paper, which was set up by Sarah Roulston of Hey Little Magpie.  And I also had a look at the Counterfeit Kit Club challenges.  The first challenge on FB was to use three photos and some new stash.  I had three photos taken on the quay in St Petersburgh, left over from my pocket page.  The papers are all pretty old but I managed to sneak in one new chipboard arrow to meet the criteria.


I think I must have had the CKC challenges on my mind too, because the colour palette is pretty close to this mood board one AND I included some gold glitter alphas, which was another of the challenges.

Then there were scrap lift and sketch challenges.  Amanda King challenged us to scrap lift this page:

Of course I reached straight for my pack of photos from Chester Zoo and January’s Counterfeit Kit and here’s my page:


Then there was a sketch from Jennifer Grace:

I kept my page very simple, copying the tyre in the photo to create a place for journalling instead of the sun in the sketch (apologies for the wonky photo).

DSC_0502I think I must have still had the sketch in my head when I did the final challenge – to scrap about work (do you see the similarities?).


I try to work at home once a week so that I can do the school run.  This particular day Puddle Duck had made some microwave mug cakes, so I had a tasty snack.

I also did a challenge to create some Project Life cards but I think that’s more than enough for now and I’ll save them for another post.  I’ll be back later today with a post for Jennifer Grace’s Focus your Craft and Soul blog event.  See you later and Happy Scrapping!

P.S also linking up to Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge, where this month the challenge is to use flowers.

Dusting off a Die Set


This post is dedicated Ruth and Anne.  Ruth was the first person to use my set of London dies when we went to Milton Keynes for a Bloggers’ Weekend.  I have to confess that they haven’t been used since and maybe they wouldn’t have been for this project if Anne Pennington hadn’t just joined the Design Team at Black With Two.


I first ‘met’ Anne when we were on the Scrapbookers’ Anonymous Design Team together.  Since that site closed, Anne has been running her own challenge site – Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge (two challenges a month – one theme based and one sketch) and I join in from time to time. This is her first month on the DT at Black With 2 and it’s an unusual one – black plus slate grey and pearl grey.  I knew I would need colourful photos to make it work and I thought of the ones I took at Easter of the changing lights on Southwark Bridge.

Well, then it kind of snowballed (as my ideas often do).  There’s a rainbow challenge at the Counterfeit kit Blog for NSD and a series of small photos give me a rainbow.  Then combine London photos, with the sketch top right:

4 of 12 Creative Scrappers Birthday Sketches.

from Creative Scrappers and the aforementioned dies and the contents of my scrap box and you get this:


Have you got something hiding in your stash that you bought and have never used?  Why not dig it out and give it a whirl.

The Last 3 for Shimelle’s NSD


So today is the last day of Shimelle’s National Scrapbooking Day (Week?) challenges and I have managed to do 12 of the 24.  Which means that I have got behind and I have so much catching up to do visiting blogs.  I’ve got three LOs to share in this post, although two of them are still waiting for journalling.

Do you remember my divided page from Monday that I was having such a struggle with?  Well I didn’t give up.  I went through my new paper pads and pulled out a cut apart sheet from one of the Crate Paper pads.  And this is what I ended up with:


Once I had the tags and banner everything else just fell into place.  I’m really rather pleased with what started out as being such hard work, but now I’m struggling to know exactly what to put in the journalling!  Linking this up to Shimelle’s 21st Challenge to use a divided page.

For my next page I got out my glimmer mist.  I wanted to add some sparkle to some snowflakes for a couple of other LOs and thought that if I laid them on some kraft cardstock and then sprayed them I might have a nice background cardstock for another LO.  So that’s what I did and this is what I ended up with:

DSC_0548A little different to my normal pages but I think it’s growing on me.  The little row of christmas trees is cut from a cracker and the Ticket to Heaven tag came off Puddle Duck’s coat, so I guess this counts for the challenge to use unexpected supplies too.

For my last challenge I used my Counterfeit kit and a couple extra supplies left over from the LOs I’ve done this week, with some photos from The Black Country Museum.  I also added a white flower started by Puddle Duck when I was making brooches to send to the Soulscrappers DT for Christmas.

DSC_0550So there you have it my LOs for Shimelle’s NSD challenges.  I have a double LO laid out on the table and at least one other in my head but I doubt they will be done for midnight (I have to take Puddle Duck shopping now).  I’ll be round later to see what you created 😉

Mary – Pretty in Pink


I’m still working on Shimelle’s NSD challenges.  I don’t usually ‘do’ pink, which begs the question as to why I bought a 12 X 12 pad of Crate Paper’s Pink Plum.  Maybe it was because I had in the back of my mind that they would be perfect for scrapping the photo I took at church that morning.

I printed two small photos – one of them cropped from the original.  The pink blossom pattern made me think of Melissa Stinson’s pages so I popped over to her blog for a little inspiration – picking up the scalloped rings, hand cut border strips and machine stitching and this is what I ended up with:


The title comes from the hymn which was sung as the children crowned the statue of Mary and laid flowers around it.  I broke out the Big shot to cut the scalloped rings and title letters.  I fussy cut the cameras and vellum butterflies.  The vellum under the photos has glittery blossoms, so I’ve combined a few of the challenges here:

1. Scrap in pink

9. Do some fancy cutting

11. Make it sparkle

18. The power of 3

20. Scrap smaller photos