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Bah Humbug


The January 1 sketch at Let’s Get Sketchy is perfect for using 3X4 cards like the ones I forged for my kit.  I’ve had this LO in mind since I saw it but I’ve been distracted by other projects (including this one for Kraft+ using the same sketch).

I did quite well sticking within my counterfeit kit for this page.  I had no problem with alphas for the title, since that was provided by my 3X4 card and the only things I added were the white star stickers (I could have punched some from white card) and the Christmas tissue paper I used in my Traditions LO.  Even though they will be in different albums, I didn’t want this one to look too much like my Cocoaflakes LO, so I left a narrow border at the top left of the LO and added my journalling with white pen around the edge of the page.

I have two more large photo Disney LOs to share from this kit (both started on New Years Day) and then it’s about done and I’ll be ready for February’s Counterfeit kit.  Have you seen the sneak peaks on the Facebook page?  It looks like it’s going to be a pretty one next month.




As soon as I saw the sketch at Let’s Get Sketchy I new that it would be a great use of a 3X4 card from my CKC forgeries. Then I saw the challenge at Kraft+ and I knew I had to use the coffee and twinkle lights card.  The challenge at Kraft+ is to scrap about coffee using kraft card stock for the base.  My CKC kit contained coffee cup pp and it was about time I used my coffee stain stencil.

I went with a photo taken at Costa during a Christmas shopping trip, of Strawberry’s festive chocolate flake cake and hot chocolate replete with cocoa powder snowflake.  I pulled in a doily and few stickers from Shimelle’s Glitter Girl collection.  I punched some mini snowflakes from the blue of the coffee cup paper and made some holly leaf embellishments using a stamp and some red gems.

It took me a long time to think of a suitable title for the page.  I eventually went with cocoa flakes – for the cakes and the cocoa snowflake in the photo.

My page was almost done when disaster struck.  Can you see it?  I dropped my ink pad on the LO!  The page was covered in inky splodges but these are straight lines and I needed a way to cover them up.

I wasn’t sure what to do about it.  The design didn’t lend itself to covering the area with patterned paper.  I slept on it and decided to try snowflakes punched from Kraft card.

I put a couple over the ink pad lines and then scattered a few more across the page. I think that does the job nicely.  I’m getting close to the end of my Counterfeit kit now and I did some more scrapping last night and this morning.  This is the title page for my Disney Christmas album, inspired by Shimelle’s Most Magical Scrapbook course.

I chose the pink snowflakes paper to co-ordinate with the pink of the castle and pulled in some extra stickers to cover the overcast sky and a shrinkles Santa Mickey as the focal embellishment.  I had to stick him to the white floral wreath card with diamond glaze because he wasn’t quite flat.  I’m linking this with Studio Challenges, using snowflakes/winter theme.

There’s just two more big photo pages to complete and a different version of the Lets Get Sketchy challenge to finish (so that I can link up to their site with that one, because Kraft+ don’t allow entries to be linked to other challenges) and then I really will be down to just scraps.  It’s all laid out on my scrap table and I’m determined to get it all wrapped up this weekend.  What do you have planned?





Inspired by Nature


Are you ready for Challenge 2 at CKC?  Inspired by nature is such a perfect challenge for this kit when it includes the watercolour and ink floral paper from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook collection.  And I knew exactly what I wanted to scrap about.

In August last year I took Strawberry to a sketchbook class at The Civic in Barnsley, taught by local artist Louise Wright. Her work put me in mind of that same Amy Tangerine collection.  She uses watercolour and detailed pen work, to create amazing pieces inspired by nature.  Here’s one of the pieces she exhibited last summer:

I decided to go with a white cardstock background and fussy cut the flowers to frame a photo of Strawberry and Louise; taken on the staircase in front of one of her pictures.

I thought it needed some more layers, so I pulled another sheet from my Heidi Swapp September Skies pad to mat the photo and added a layer of vellum under that. I also put a strip of the Heidi Swapp paper to the right of the page to help ground the photo:

That’s better, but I was worried about filling the space between the flowers on the left, so I cut one more flower from the Sketchbook paper and grabbed a doily before I started sticking.

I wanted to try a hand cut title. My initial idea was to try emulating the lovely white script titles Miss Smith hand cuts for her pages.  I printed the title onto paper with the idea that I could put the pieces together somehow to form a single piece and then cut it from white cardstock.

I’ve decided that the black looks quite nice and I’m worried that if I try to use this to trace onto the back of white cardstock I will ruin both black and white versions and I’ll have to start again. Strawberry thinks that if I copy the title into Photoshop I can flip it and squish the words together so that they touch – then I can print it onto cardstock and cut it out in white. I think I’ll give it a try, but in the meantime here is my page as it stands at the moment:

I’m thinking maybe some splatters and enamel dots to finish it off?  Or maybe some Louise inspired doodling?  I’m also planning a pocket page to go opposite, with more photos, journaling, 3X4 water colour PL cards I made for the kit, Louise’s business card and my sketching from the day.

I have more nature inspired art for this section of my album. The following day we went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Strawberry did more water colour painting and I took lots of photos.

If you would like to see more of Louise’s art, her instagram is @louiseannwrightartist.  Maybe she’ll inspire you to join the challenge too.

If you are in the area she is also exhibiting as part of the Vs David Bowie exhibition at The Civic, Barnsley until 25 February.  We’ll be going if we make it up there at half term.

Disney catch-up Part 1


I realised I have only shared one double page from my weekend away at the start of September, so I think it’s time I correct that before I get even further behind.  Here are my pages made that first weekend in September in the order they appear in the album.

I made this page for the sketch challenge.  It is page three in the album – meeting Mickey when we arrived at the hotel.

I created this page as a ‘filler’.  I had two double pages and only one photo to go between – this fills the gap and I have since added a layer of vellum under the photo.

It sits opposite this page, made for the ‘just one thing challenge’.  We were given a kit and allowed to use just one other thing from our stash.  I chose my Say Cheese III stickers.  The circle paper from Shimelle’s Go No Go was perfect to use with September’s sketch from disneyscrappers.ning.com.

I went with a grid design for my Disney Villains photos.  Strawberry suggested the title.  Although it is from a 2015 film and these photos are from 2006 I think I can get away with it because it is sung by the villains’ Descendents.

And this last page isn’t mine.  It was made by Strawberry for the sketch challenge – using her own sketches in the film strip.There is one last double page to share from that weekend but it’s not quite finished.  Since I have returned home I have added some extra photos in a 6X12 pocket page protector and I have the journalling and a little more embellishment to do.  I’ve also done more pages from my second Disney trip and I need to take better photos of those.

I doubt that I’ll get that done before Saturday, when I’m off to Chateau Impney for a class with Amy Tangerine.  I’ll be back after that with more Magical Scrapbooking.


Painting with Jellie Bee


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………….



Living the Dream


An all expenses paid trip to Cyprus.  A room with a balcony and a sea view.  Breakfast on the terrace by the pool.  It sounds like the good life but this was a work trip and I had no-one to enjoy it with. And to make things worse I had to fly out on Mothers Day.  A day when I should have been with family and I was alone in paradise.

A photo taken from my hotel balcony and Challenge 1 spurred me to use the last of my May Counterfeit kit. However, The Grandma pointed out that Limassol is in Cyprus and not Corfu.  Yes I got the place wrong and I had to find a way to cover it up.  I decided on wash tape, which i then put in one or two others places on the page and then added enamel triangles to turn my mistake into a feature.

I considered adding splatters but decided I liked the clean look and I didn’t want to risk spoiling it.  But I think splatters worked well on my page using Creative Scrappers sketch.

I thought I could use some of the Project Life cards left from my kit and the bright alphas as the background, but things didn’t quite work out that way.  The 4 X 4 cards from Shimelle’s True Stories shad the perfect wording and the alphas turned out to be far too busy for the background.  After a bit of trimming and splattering onto white card stock my page tuned out well in the end.  I might go back and add some stitching to the trip at the top of the page once I have made room to get my sewing machine out.

NSD Challenges


Did you have a good time last weekend, joining in with all the online challenges for National Scrapbooking weekend? Thank-you to everyone who joined in the blog hop and for all the lovely comments you left.  And a huge welcome to everyone who decided to follow my blog as a result.

I wasn’t overly productive last weekend – considering that I stayed in to scrap.  I made three layouts for challenges on Facebook, using my Counterfeit kit.  For the tic-tac-toe challenge I used a sketch from the Scrap Our Stash NSD challenges:

My fussy cut item is the stamped dog in the garland (I think the border punch and patterned paper are self evident!).  The black and white photo and twine were requirements for the tic-tac-toe on FB.

I did a pocket page of Strawberry’s bedroom makeover:

I had terrible trouble with those two small photos.  The ink lifted off and left one looking rather distressed.  It was a new pad of photo paper but a brand I’ve used before.  I think it may have been printing from Word and not being able to specify the paper type which caused the problem.  I’ll give it one try printing from iPhoto with the correct settings and if I have the same problem the pad is going back.

I finally got our trip to see the Room on the Broom in January 2012 onto a page.

The cat, bird and dog embellishments I made were perfect for the subject and Strawberry donated a frog sticker to complete the witch’s companions.

I’ve been buying Promarkers online for Strawberry and the last parcel also contained a part used 6 X 6 pad for me.  Four pages from that pad are now cards for future pocket pages.

The right hand 3 X 4 card has a pocket to slip in a tag or tickets.  Any ideas for a quote or phrase for the 3 X 4 card on the left?

There’s not much of my counterfeit kit left and I have so many ideas.  I’ll be back when I have something to show you.  Until then ‘Keep Scrapping’.