April Two for One

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I got a sneak peak of this month’s Counterfeit Kit on Facebook yesterday – all sunny yellow and red with flowers, birds and hot air balloons.  The full kit reveal wasn’t on the blog when I got up this morning, so I went into my stash store (it’s supposed to be a space to craft but, well that’s another story) and starting going through my papers to select some based on the sneak peak.  And I ended up with two lots of papers for two very different kits!

The Inspiration kit is Cocoa Daisy’s February kit, Ashton Court.  My first kit focuses on the yellow and red with flowers, triangles and spots:

I started with the yellow and white large polka dot from Dear Lizzy Neapolitan and added a couple of florals with red and yellow by American Crafts (the 8X8 may be Pebbles, but I’m not sure I’ve had them so long).  I didn’t have a good bird print in the colour scheme, so I added a matching bird house print and that Basic Grey patterned stripe from their Cupcake collection was a great match.  For the triangles I pulled out an MME paper from the Cut and Paste ‘Presh’ range.  That introduced a little pink into the mix and I pulled out three more papers to complete the paper kit – including a red ombre for a background sheet.  I finished off with some ‘Presh’ brads and an MME Jubilee 6X6 pad – just in case I needed more flowers!  There’s also a sheet of phrases in a graffitti style which I may cut apart to use on pages.

Those four MME sheets are double sided, the B sides (see right) will bring in a bit more red.  I think I’ll call this one ‘Birdhouse’.

My second kit focuses on the hot air balloons.  The first thing I pulled out was a chipboard 12 X 12 sheet from MME’s Now and Then ‘Izzy’ collection, which features a hot air balloon.  Then I grabbed MME’s Jubilee ‘Tangerine’ Collection which has hot air balloons, a floral with yellow and white spots on the reverse and triangles – perfect!

I included the following ‘Tangerine’ papers: Be Daring, Up & Away, Triangle, Charming and Traveller (I already have three of them cut up and forming a starting point in my head!).  I thought I was a bit light on background papers so I pulled a blue polka dot sheet from the aforementioned ‘Izzy’ collection (Smart) and a sheet from another Dear Lizzy pad with a hot air balloon motif.  I then threw in a few embellishments and a 6X6 pad from the MME collections.  I think I’ll call this one ‘Adventure’.

I think those yellow B-sides may make it onto pages but I’m not sure the others fit the kit – we will see.  I’m a little lost on what to do for alphas.  The inspiration kit has multi-coloured alphas and I have nothing in my stash.  I think I’ll just add alphas from my stash to fit the pages I make.

The inspiration kit also had cute puffy stickers and mini alphas, so I’ve included a selection as an add on kit to go with my two main kits:

I think I’m going to have fun with these this month – I wonder which will get used most?

 

 

 

Road Trip to Magna

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I thought it would be a good idea to use up my counterfeit kit scrapping more photos from our road trip – to go with the page I shared last time. I got some photos from fellow traveler Beth (because mine weren’t very good) and I made a couple of pocket pages.

This first one uses the pink doilie and a flower, fussy cut from the paper used on the main page with photos taken on the journey.  On the other side of the pockets are photos taken inside Magna Science Park.

Magna used to be steel mill and some of the original equipment is still in place.  Now it is an interactive science museum with four areas: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

I then did a final 12 X 12 to make the set complete – using my one good photo of the two kids sitting on girders outside the museum.

I have another page part done, so hopefully I’ll be back soon.  Hope you’re enjoying the lovely spring weather.

 

A Hip Counterfeit Kit for March

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Things seem a little less hectic at the moment and I found time to pull together a Counterfeit kit.  This month’s kit to copy is the February kit from Hip Kits.  It contains Maggie Holmes papers, so my Maggie Holmes pads seemed like a good place to start – especially since I knew one includes a bold floral on an aqua background.  I found matches to most of the papers, gold alphas and some die cuts:

I went with birds rather than butterflies but I’m sure butterflies will appear somewhere.  All the papers are Maggie Holmes from various collections except the woodgrain, which is Studio Calico and the gold glittered cut apart sheet, which is Craft Market.

There are only two (three at best) sheets which I would be likely to use as backgrounds, so I pulled out a couple more potential backgrounds, another cut apart sheet (Maggie Holmes, just for variety!), a part sheet with more flowers and some Studio Calico rub on alphas to make an add on kit:

I’ve done two LOs so far. The first was inspired by the Studio Challenge blog – to use pattern on half the page.  I don’t use plain backgrounds very often so I used the bold floral for half the page, with the pale diagonal stripe for the plainer half:

I thought the colours in these outdoor photos were perfect with the floral pattern.  I added some wood shapes, bling, gold splatters and a chipboard ‘good times’ to my kit; and I’m linking up to the ‘Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge Blog‘ which this month is to use chipboard and something old from your stash.  All of those papers are pretty old!

I also thought that I would have a go at the Challenge YOUrself prompt which is to use negative space.  I’ve always known it as white space (not that it actually needs to be white, it can be any colour).  I’m not sure whether using patterned paper with writing on it counts as negative space, but here’s my page anyway.

The flower was fussy cut from the main floral sheet I used on the other page and I used a gold pen to add some definition to the paper layers and detail on the butterflies.

So that’s 3 and a half sheets and some scraps used in two pages and there’s plenty of life left in the kit yet.  Now I’m off to see what else I can create.

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………