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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………

School’s Out

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I didn’t intend it to be so long since my last post, but better late than never here’s the page I made with my late find Soduku print paper and what was left of my July Counterfeit kit. I used the 1 August sketch from Stuck?! but with one landscape 4X6 photo rather than the two square photos in the sketch.

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It had to be a school photo with all those numbers on the background paper and I had a photo printed from Puddle Duck’s last day at Primary School.  I’ve been dying to use that title for ages!

I went into my collection of school themed stash for some extras.  I had some small Jolee’s Boutique stickers so I decided to add them to a scattering of stars diagonally across the page.  I also had a pack of chipboard stickers and I managed to work in the classmates piece – the colours are a pretty good match so it doesn’t stick out too much.

I never thought I’d be able to use the yellow US school bus on a page, but one featured in the end of term school play so it won’t be too out of place once the page fits into the whole story in the album. I was on a bit of a roll so I decided to scrap the set of the photos from that lunchtime, starting with an old Citrus Kits sketch I’d saved to Pinterest and a sheet of aqua paper which was with my school stash (it’s the B-side from Fancy Pants’ Back to School collection).

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And then a pocket page to go with it:

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So that’s that kit just about used up.  I’ve already scrapped some photos from the party they went to after school so I’ll do the back of the pocket page to match that LO.  I like this idea of scrapping in album sections rather than random pages.

Having a Blast

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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:

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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.

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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!

Scrapping Family Photos

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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!

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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.

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