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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!)


Bringing Out the Moody Blues


A belated Happy Scrapbooking Day to you all – although I know it does tend to stretch to the week!  I’ve been busy with boring life things and today will be tidying and preparing for our own mini crop.  I’ll be making up some kits for our guests, but for now here’s another LO I did finishing off April’s Counterfeit kit with the latest sketch from Creative Scrappers.


This kit has produced predominately green and yellow pages with a splash of teal, but I managed to get some of the blue in this page.  Blue is quite a good colour to  use given the expression on my face sitting on that bench!  I love that photo – typical sulky kid, so I focused on that for the journalling.

I also got the Cropodile out again to set some eyelets in the polka dots – having seen this post by Annie on the SJ Crafts blog.  I’ve also used flowers, blue, green and yellow – meeting the spring challenge at Frosted Designs.


I Love, not Heart


DSC_0405When I was young, drawing a heart was shorthand for ‘love’ or ‘loves’. It really bugs me when people use a heart in a scrapbook title and then write it long hand as ‘I heart …’.  Heart is a noun – it is not a verb!

With that in mind I was a little reticent of using a heart in the title of my own pages.  But I was using part used packs of letters in my Counterfeit page kit and my choices were limited, so I succumbed. Not once but TWICE!

The first page I made was for the Soul Scrappers Quest.  The idea is that you are sent a bags of scrapbooking goodies through the post and then have to use them in some creative project.

This time the theme was babies.  My initial thought was a photo of Puddle Duck and The Niece looking into the Nephew’s moses basket.  I thought I could use that woodgrain from last month’s Counterfeit kit as the background.  Then I saw the latest Jot Magazine and loved Raquel Bowman’s LO so decided on a bit of scrap lifting instead.  I picked a photo of me and my baby brother from around 1967.

DSC_0406L’il Bro is the name he always had until he became The Uncle.  I’m still Big Sis – even though he’s 6 feet tall and I’m only 5’2″

This is slightly different to the LO I did for the quest.  I used all the pieces for that one, but I didn’t think the red fabric fitted and the buttons were a different shade of pink and I wasn’t sure how best to use the white ribbon.  So I didn’t stick them down.  I took a photo, removed them and then added a new cluster to the right of the photo.  This is the version which will go in my album.

Clustering the embellishments is definitely my ‘go to’ for Soul Scrappers Quests.  The second LO is all about the layering.  I used the sketch at Scrap365, using two photos from one of my childhood holidays in Blackpool and the negative from the heart I punched for my first LO:

DSC_0404The sketch didn’t really leave me anywhere to journal, but I didn’t have a lot to say so I added a line of journalling along the bottom, joined into a line drawn around the page like a frame.  I toyed with adding some turquoise sequins but I think I like the clean look for this one.  Both of these LOs will go into a childhood memories album I am working on, so having them with the same pink spot and thickers will provide a little continuity.

So what do you think?  Love or heart?  Is there some modern corruption of the English language which really gets your goat?

P.S. Raquel Bowman is a guest designer at Scrap365 this month too – I hadn’t twigged until I went over to pick up the link.  Love her take on the sketch too!  There are some gorgeous entries to the challenge this month – go check them out.

P.P.S. Totally delighted to be picked as the winner at The Studio last month.  Puddle Duck has already staked her claim on the prize – well she was in most of the photos!