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Death in Paradise


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.



CKC September Blog Hop


Welcome to September’s CKC blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Susanne.  If you didn’t and would like to join in, hop back to the beginning at the CKC blog and I’ll see you back here in a while.

I signed up for the hop as soon as I saw challenge 1 to use a Shimelle sketch.  I was off to a weekend retreat  with my Counterfeit kit and I have loads of Shimelle’s sketches on my Pinterest board so there was no way that wasn’t going to happen, right? WRONG!

It wasn’t until I remarked that I hadn’t touched my kit that Jemma reminded me that I had signed up for the hop and it was this Saturday!  That gave me less than a week, but no worries I got cracking when I got home on Sunday and I now have not one, but two Shimelle sketches to show you.

I started with this sketch:

My LO was inspired by Diana Waite’s interpretation of the sketch on Shimelle’s blog. Before I went on the retreat I matted 9 photos in a grid – that grid with one of the Polka Dot Party sheets in my kit only needed a little embellishment to complete a page:


I was quite pleased with how my alpha forgeries turned out.  I started with Amy Tangerine kraft alphas, then added two coats of gesso before finishing off with pearl shimmer embossing powder.

The edge isn’t perfect but I think it’s good enough.  I made a bit of a mistake when I did the alphas for my next page.  I had already inked and powdered two letters before I realised I’d picked up the wrong powder – clear gloss instead of pearl glimmer.  Take a look: can you tell which ones they are?


I used this sketch to scrap photos of Puddle Duck at her niece’s 5th birthday party.

So that’s me done for now.  It’s time to bid you a fond farewell and send you on your way to Tina, who is next on the hop.  Hope you’ll be back soon – I have lots more scrappy goodness to share form that retreat (2.5 mini albums, 2 12X12 LOs and 2 pocket pages!)

Farewell to August


So another month draws to a close and I’ve squeezed two more pages from my August Counterfeit kit, by bringing in a couple of background sheets from last July’s Counterfeit kit.

First up is one to finally use that gorgeous Basic Grey paper with the flamingos and giraffes.  It really is a paper for a lovey dovey couple photo, so I picked a photo of The Grandad and The Grandma taken at a restaurant on the outskirts of Birmingham, after they had been champagne tasting for The Grandad’s birthday this year.

I used this sketch from Sketch n Scrap, so that I could have a lot of that paper on show without it being the background sheet:

I kept it clean and simple and used a few phrases cut from the scraps of July’s kit:


For my last LO I used the 15 August sketch from Stuck?!

I twisted it 90 degrees to use this photo of The Uncle holding Puddle Duck on her visit to The Grandma and The Grandad. It was in a frame in her bedroom, but she’s having a clear out and I wanted to make sure it was scrapped and not put in a box.


I did a bit of doodling with my white pen, including some faux stitching.  I’m linking this one up with Shimelle‘s weekly challenge – to use lots of layering.



Hello there, a quick post this one, because I know I am unlikely to get chance to share this LO with you for a while.  I have a week off work and instead of the nice relaxing time I need it’s likely to be jam packed with things I need to get done.

This is my third LO to share from my Krafty Florals kit:


A very simple page with some photos of Puddle Duck and The Niece both dressed as Belle.  She’s never been a huge Disney Princess fan, but Belle has always been one of her favourites (now replaced by Mulan in her affections).

I kept it simple with a gold doily and some chipboard embellishments.  I’m glad I included two sheets of that Dear Lizzie woodgrain zigzag paper – it’s proved to be very versatile.

I have at least one more page and a mini album to to make from the kit (the mini is started) and of course the blog hop on Wednesday.  See you then I hope.

Keeping up and Starting Early with Books


Shimelle and Glitter Girl are generating 2 challenges a week at the moment and in an attempt to keep up I have combined two in one – use numbers and multiple photos.  That starship and Wonder Boy’s first birthday in Glitter Girl’s page inspired this page of my nephew’s first birthday party:


That chipboard rocket and most of the papers are from My Mind’s Eye’s Boy Crazy collection.  I really wanted to use that bright yellow paper as the background and include the plaid pattern on it’s reverse to pick up on The Uncle’s shirt, but I only had one sheet.  Glitter Girl to the rescue with that wonderful technique to cut a full width strip of the pattern and then cut and trim the background and mount all three pieces on a full 12 X 12 sheet (you can see it all explained properly in the video here).

The red background with pink spots is from Maggie Holmes, the numbers are from Shimelle’s first collection and the tag and flags are Crate Paper’s Birthday collection.  I went with a column of smaller photos and a number countdown to balance the vertical of the rocket on the right.

This week Shimelle challenged us to include a book in our scrapbook.  I used two in this LO (although I don’t think this is quite what she had in mind) – as borders either side of the photos:


I used Dear Lizzy Fifth and Frolic papers because the cut apart sheets include some library card elements and that pink picks up the pink in Puddle Duck’s clothes.  The two books are cut from a sheet from Crate Paper’s Grandma’s Shop collection.  I think the page needs a little more embellishment, but I’m not sure what just yet.

Puddle Duck has always liked books and she had her own little book corner when she was a baby.  I have so many photos of her with books I had to make another LO.  This one uses Shimelle’s first collection and more Fifth and Frolic:


It’s hard to see in the photo but the pink frame to the left of the photo is stamped with due dates like a library book.  They’d already abandoned stamping books and gone over to an electronic system by the time Puddle Duck joined the library, but most of the books still had the old stamped slips inside.

I’ve got another couple of  book LOs to do – see you soon.

Oh, and for those who expressed an interest in the Alice cut apart sheet and cut-out dressing dolls in my last post – it’s from Marion Smith’s Mad Tea Party Collection.


Be Inspired


Hello and a special welcome to my colleagues from MWH.  I have a special post today.  A work related post.  I’m sharing my love of pretty paper as one of this week’s Be Inspired role models.  If you came here from that e-mail link or Yammer, I’m assuming that you’d like to know a little bit more about scrapbooking and to see a few examples.

I started this blog in 2011, as a place to share my scrapbook pages, when I won a place on a challenge site design team.  It was the first time I had applied to anything like that so I was amazed to be selected.  I’ve had 8,825 visitors since I started blogging and some of them have become friends.  There’s quite a lively online community with several Face Book groups.  It’s mainly a solitary hobby but we sometimes get together at a crop where there is much chatting, eating of cake and various amounts of scrapping.

I’ll show you some example pages now, but if you’d like to know a little more about my creative process and why I scrapbook, you can read about that in this post I wrote as part of a series of blog posts written by a range of crafty types.

First is one of my favourite pages from the ones I made last year, using old photos of me and my brother as children in the garden.  I used  a grid design and lots of embellishments – including some I made myself using scraps of paper and paper punches.


It’s a very busy page and the journalling about my memories playing in the back yard is written to form a border and helps fit the rectangular grid onto the square paper.  By way of contrast, here’s one I made about a trip to Denver to work on a bid for a project with Metro District:


There’s a lot less embellishment this time – I wanted to show the map of the US in the background and the journalling is written on strips to make it easier to read. The cloud pattern is printed vellum, which is semi-transparent and allows the background to show through.  If you try to glue it, the glue shows through so you need to ensure you glue underneath something which is stuck on top (such as the photo), or use tape or stickers (as I have done here) or you could use staples or decorative brads.

And here’s another use of vellum.  this time I made an envelope to hold extra photos.  I got creative with my journaling on this one too – using it to form strings for the fussy cut balloons (fussy cutting is cutting a shape or picture out of a piece of paper by hand).


On all these pages you can see some basic techniques – matting photos (putting them on a piece of paper to give it a border to stand out from the page), using groups of three, layering, inking the edges of papers (best seen on the balloons) to give some contrast against the background and adding dimension with wooden pieces or foam squares to raise some pieces off the background.

Not all scrapbooking is on 12X12 sheets of paper or card.  There’s also Project Life – using pocket pages to record my year.  Most Project Lifers do a double page per week, but I knew i didn’t have time for that level of commitment, so went for my own slimmed down version calling it Project Life Light – a double page per month.

I’m very pleased to say that I managed to keep going and it is almost complete – just some final touches to go. You can see my pages for January and February here; and for March and April here.

Here is May – a month of elections, parties, tests and trips out.


June was very much about school – starting with Confirmation, open day, sports day, Fiver Challenge and finishing with camp.


July saw Puddle Duck performing in two shows and leaving primary school.


In August we went on holiday to America and one double spread just wasn’t enough, so I did two and added a 6X12 page to each.  Here’s the week at Disney World as it appears in the album:



If you would like to see the rest of my 2015 album, pop back next Monday, when I should have the rest finished and posted here.  I want to put the whole thing together in a slide show if I can.

If you would like to see more scrapbook pages, please just scroll down to look at some older posts, you’ll find lots of links to challenge sites and some of my favourite scrapbookers, but before you go here are three valentine cards I made for a make and take on Friday in the Solihull office.


If you couldn’t join us but would like a kit, please leave me your name and office in the comments below and let me know which kit you would like.  Please note though, that colours and paper patterns may vary from those above.

And finally, one more page. As I was flicking through trying to work out which pages might be of interest I came across this one:

QC15 - Never Lose your Sense of Wonder

Never lose your sense of wonder and make the world a better place – isn’t that what we’re all about?

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask whatever you like in the comments section below and I’ll try to answer in next Monday’s post.  Alternatively work colleagues can ask questions via the post on Yammer.

And I have found this source for free classes – not sure how good they are but what do you have to lose if you want to give it a try? Free online scrapbooking courses

A Kit for Pocket Pages


Hello there, how are you?  Welcome to my little corner of the internet.  You can probably guess from my title that I’ve logged in today to share my April Counterfeit Kit, but I’ve also been trying something a little different to my usual 12 X 12 scrapbooking.

I loved the kit when I first saw it on Wednesday. Black and white and geometric patterns in bold colours. But then I watched the unboxing video and there was very little paper and no 12 X 12 sheets!  Well this is my kit so I can add that in, right?  So here’s my interpretation of the kit:

DSC_0282I’ve already cut apart a couple of sheets I pulled form my stash to create those 4X6 and 3X4 cards.  I found those feather stickers in a drawer and threw those in because it’s about time they were used. All those cards make the kit a bit ‘Project Lifey’ so I pulled out a set of cards I bought to do my Cruise album; including some acetates:

DSC_0283There are some 4X6 ones too, which I haven’t photographed.  My only gold thickers have a bit of a groovy 60’s vibe, so I pulled out my mislables too, which are a little straighter, with some gold ink (shown in the first photo).

Speaking of which it’s time to share my new project for 2015.  I’ve always liked the look of Project Life, but I know I don’t have the time and I wouldn’t take enough photos for a double spread every week.  So I have come up with something I think will work for me – a spread per month.

I’ve done January and February and March is nearly done.  January proves by point wrt photos – I have enough for one page for the whole month!


I picked up some pads of ‘Snap’ 4X6 cards in the same colour scheme, including these great ones with the months on = Perfick! February was a bit easier with photos – Puddle Duck’s birthday and a trip to Butlins:


And here are the pages close up:



I think I’ll call it Project Life Light!

I’ve done a couple of pages for my Cruise album with my Counterfeit kit already, but this post is getting rather long so i’ll save those for another day.  Happy Scrapping everyone and this month I will mainly be scrapping pocket pages!