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For the Love of Pretty Paper

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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.

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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Jam on Cream or Cream on Jam?

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Now that it is the question.  A cream tea is most definitely a fine British tradition but how should one construct a scone?  I put my jam on first and then top it with cream (and I never use butter with jam – euch!).  But when we went for a cream tea at the V&A with Mrs Wookie, she put the cream on first and then spread the jam on top.

I’ve been told it’s the difference between Devon and Cornwall – who knew? but it had to be scrapped.  One of those moments when I took the photos to scrap the story.  And here is the page; using this month’s sketch at Stuck?! (very apt since it will sit in my album opposite the page I did using last month’s Stuck?! sketch)

I’m on the last of my June Counterfeit Kit.  I’ve got a lot out of it this month.  I’ve done some pocket pages for my 2016 album and that makes the supplies go further.  I also used Shimelle’s 4X6 Photolove for July to scrap seven photos of Tewkesbury Abbey:

And here are the photos on one side of the accordion fold:

And here is the other side:

I decided to use these colours from my kit because the opposite page in the album is a dark blue background with aqua and yellow.  I love how scrapping as an album is helping me to make those difficult choices around which supplies to use for a particular page, so I am quicker getting started.

I have one whole sheet left in the kit and once that is used I’ll call it done and put the scraps in my scrap box.  I’ll be back soon I hope with some pages from my July kit.

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You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful

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As soon as I saw the Studio Challenges sketch I knew what papers I wanted to use, but it took me a while to make it work.  Things just weren’t coming together.  I decided early on to flip the Studio Challenge sketch to make sure her face is on the third line.  But the embellishment placement wasn’t working.  And she kept saying “it’s fine – it’s me that’s ugly.  That’s what’s spoiling it.”

It wasn’t that of course.  She’ll always be beautiful to me. She’s smart and she’s witty, loyal and generous and even at this tender age has a very strong moral compass. It turned out that it was the missing title that was the problem.  I didn’t have a title in mind when I started and it was her comments that convinced me that now was the time to use that song title.  She hates One Direction, but it’s the one song of theirs she likes and it’s perfect for her.  As soon as the word Beautiful was there the photo was grounded and the page was balanced at last.

The Papers are Dear Lizzy, Serendipidity.  The sketch is perfect for a 6X6 pad.  I was going to use white card stock for the background, but I also have a part used 12X12 pad from the same collection, so I picked a matching patterned background.  I used a scattering of gems in matching colours and those puffy stickers are from Paperchase.

It’s a bit late for you to join the challenge, but if you have a 6X6 pad to use try out the sketch.  Or there’s a Glitter Girl video on using 6X6 pads.

Back soon with my Counterfeit kit but TTFN.

Enjoying the Little Things

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It’s been a while since I joined in with the Counterfeit Kit Challenges.  I loved October‘s kit and I started to pull one together, but I never got past paper and some bare chipboard shapes.  January‘s kit was right up my street, but I was busy scrapping all those birthday pages (as seen here).

And this month’s kit contains purple. Purple!  I don’t use a lot of purple and have very little outside a pile of card stock I bought when I first started (I did say I don’t use it much!).  I know I can take inspiration from the patterns and change the colour scheme (Jemma generally does when it’s a pink kit), but I find it hard move away from the base colours of  kit.

However, I do have one MME kit which contains purple and a green, so I used that to put together a page kit:

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There’s just one full sheet of 12X12, the other papers are part sheets and everything is from MME’s Jubilee Sherbert collection.  All that yellow isn’t too much of a deviation from the original, which included yellow in the card stock.  I’ve got silver instead of grey and red instead of navy, so not a great counterfeit, but it does mean I’ll be using up stash; hurrah!  And here’s the page I made using the 15 Feb sketch from Stuck?!

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I added some brads, cactus puffy stickers (from Paperchase) and a tag to my kit.  I didn’t use any of the cut apart sheet or the silver frames, but this photo was taken on a day out to RAF Cosford with the family, so I have plenty of photos and I feel a pocket page is in order to go with it.

I’m not sure whether stamping ‘enjoy TODAY’ below the photo is enough to qualify for the challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge, but I’ll link it up anyway.

 

Beware of the Teenager

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Puddle Duck became a teenager last weekend.  I remember the tales of doom recounted by a friend ‘Remember the first episode of Harry Enfield’s teenagers – when the perfectly sweet Kevin turns into a teenage monster on the stroke of midnight?  It’s true.  It happened with mine!’  To be fair Puddle Duck has been exhibiting teenage tendencies for a couple of years and, if anything, she actually seems to be starting to be more grown up lately.

As this milestone approached I realised that I hadn’t scrapped many of her birthdays.  I did pages for her 7th and 8th birthdays and more recently her third.  Her 11th was documented in my 2015 Project Life Light, but that was it; just one third of her birthdays in albums!  I resolved to correct that and here they are:

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This was the start of her first birthday celebrations, taken at nursery.  They used the band from the cake to decorate her hat. Needless to say, cake will be featured a lot in this post – she had three this particular year!

For her second birthday we went to the soft play centre in Elsecar with her friends from nursery and Rattle and Rhymes.  I don’t have many photos and those I do have aren’t good quality, so I compensated with a small photo and busy background:

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By the time she was 3, we had moved from Barnsley to Dudley and she had a Princess Party at Grandma’s house; complete with a fairy tale castle cake.  That was my first and last attempt to make her birthday cake myself!

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Her fourth birthday was at another soft play centre, with friends from nursery and dance class.  The pink phase was well and truly over!

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I used a sketch from January’s challenge on a Facebook group: I love that photo of her.

For her fifth birthday we had a party at home with a few school friends and I have no photos!!! I have very few from her sixth birthday either.  We hired a hall and had a teddy bears picnic with most of her class.  I used this month’s Stuck?! sketch:

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We went back to the same hall for her 7th birthday and had a Pirate Party with the whole class and other friends.  This time I had loads of photos – I asked my good friend Beth to take some for me.  This was the party where she started designing her cakes herself; a treasure chest. And I baked a rum cake for the parents.

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Her eight birthday was a Doctor Who themed sleep over, with themed food and a TARDIS cake;

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For her ninth, she went with a Monster High theme and we went ten pin bowling with friends and family.  Isn’t that a fab cake she designed.

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Turning 10 was a big deal ‘I’ll never be a single figure again’ she said. I blogged about it here.  But her party was more low key with a trip to the cinema to see Mr Peabody and Sherman, followed by pizza at Pizza Hut.  This year she insisted on making a cheesecake instead of having birthday cake and we had to get creative with a recipe.

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Her 11th birthday was a Madeline Hatter Tea Party, with all the guests dressed as characters from Ever After High and decorating their own cupcakes.  Another great cake design by Puddle Duck.

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That was the last year at Primary school and the move to Secondary school brought new friends and a more grown up party for her 12th.  A murder mystery luncheon!

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This year we went to Midlands Comic Con.  I’ll be back when I’ve turned this photo into a scrapbook page.  And now that she is 13 and has her own internet identity, maybe it’s time to put away Puddle Duck and welcome Strawberry to the stage.

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Bloggers the Fifth, Pass the Page Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to this years pass the page blog hop.  Pass the Page has become a bit of a tradition since our first Bloggers weekend away 6(?) years ago.  It’s Chinese Whispers for Scrapbookers.  Each person in the line receives a photo of a scrapbook page, takes whatever inspiration they wish and then sends a photo of their page to the next person in line.  The evolution as the page passes from scrapper to scrapper can be quite amazing.

This year I started with a spot of inspiration from a previous Bloggers’ weekend.  I was wearing this T-shirt and Lizzie said it would make a good scrapbook page.

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Well, Lizzie here you are – from T-shirt to Page:

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I wanted to keep the embroidered elements from my T-shirt, so I tried sewing with ribbon around the acetate circles and running stitch on the printed vellum.  Stitching through acetate was quite a challenge, even with holes pre-poked.

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There are a few new members this year and a couple of non-bloggers, so some stops you will have two pages.  If you get lost along the way please come back and you can pick up from the list below:

Julie https://jsquaredscrapspot.wordpress.com
Jacky http://scrappyjackylive.blogspot.co.uk
Alison http://alisonslife-in-the-slow-lane.blogspot.co.uk
Jemma http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk
Missus Wookie http://mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.co.uk
Lesley http://ohblogitifyoucantbeatthem.blogspot.co.uk

So now hop on over to Jacky to see where she went from here, I think you’ll be quite surprised………