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The Man in The Chair


It’s not very often I start a page with a specific story to tell, but when my friend told me about her daughter and how much she likes to visit The Grandma’s House the tale was so cute I had to turn it into a page.

It’s not so much that she will ask ‘Are we going to Maureen’s?’ or why she likes to visit, but because she has her own name for The Grandad.  She calls him The Man in The Chair because he always sits in the same spot and rarely moves.  Since they moved the furniture round, that spot is now the end of the settee and if he gets up she jumps into his seat so that he has to go and sit in a chair!

I used my March Counterfeit kit – I think those little pops of blue help to bring out the blue of her eyes.  I managed to squeeze just one more page from the kit, using the final full sheet and remaining scraps.

I used the March Stuck?! sketch and a little inspiration from Beth Moloney’s process video to pull this one together.  The photos are of The Grandma and my Grandad taken at his caravan in Wales.  I know the bottom right photo is a little wonky, but it is stuck down with double sided foam strips and it is impossible to take up to reposition it.  The foam strips were to raise it up so that the tag and its envelope could slip underneath.

I’ve also been working with my April kit.  If you visited my last blog post you may recall that I had already mentally cut and assembled three sheets in my head.  This is how that idea finished up:

We don’t really do daring adventures, so a photo from the Eden Project on our way to the platform above the tropical canopy will have to do.

Once this page was done I decided to have a go at forging some embellishments.  I stamped birds and a hot air balloon onto white card stock and then coloured then using the coloured pencils Strawberry (aka Puddle Duck) bought me for Mothers’ Day.

I think I’ll try with a less textured card next time, although I do quite like the checked effect.  I’ve used them already on another page for the Eden Project album:

It was meant to have a white hand drawn border and white journaling, but my white pen no longer works and that will have to wait until I buy a new one.


Vintage and Autumnal Flowers


I’ve been busy with my Krafty Florals kit.  The colours felt autumnal to me and were perfect for scrapping these photos I took of the Pagoda Fountain at Alton Towers – especially the kraft card stock printed with garlands of paper lanterns:


We went for a couple of days in autumn half term in 2012.  I remember visiting on a school trip when there were far less rides than there are now.  At that time the gardens were an important part of the attraction, but they are much less so now that it is a theme park.

The other photo which was perfect for scrapping with tis kit was one taken at my dance school.  Brown was very much ‘in’ when I was at school, as were floral maxi dresses and a gypsy dress with a lace underskirt showing below the hem was the height of fashion!  And the title is from a popular Abba hit from the time.


I used the doily print pp for the background and an old Shimelle sketch from my Pinterest board. I added some splatters with pink shimmer mist and gold ink.  I would really like to know how to get larger splatters – mine seem to turn out such small dots of colour.

My third page is done and I’ve signed up for the members blog hop at the Counterfeit Challenge Kit – I hope you’ll join us on 24 August.

Story Time


I have yet more photos of a young Puddle Duck and her books to share with you today.  This first page was made using Maggie Holmes Book Keeper collection and the sketch from Studio Challenge Blog.


DSC_0001I’ve twisted the sketch through 90 degrees and trimmed the 4X6 photos.  I think that was a Spot Anniversary book they are reading.

The second page used My Mind’s Eye Jubilee collection and the 1 April sketch from Stuck?!


This was the photo I thought of when I read Shimelle’s challenge to put a book in our scrapbooks and it was while I was searching through the files on my computer that I came across all those other photos I have scrapped.

I wasn’t too sure about the page at first, but then I decided to add some doodling and it came together.  I didn’t have any alphas to match the colours so I dug out my Sissix alphabets.  This font is Bug in a Rug.  I’m glad I took Puddle Duck’s advice and used the yellow for the background – I think yellow letters on purple wouldn’t have worked so well.

I think that will do for book pages: for now at least, I know I have a picture of Puddle Duck reading to Cousin Number 1 when they had a sleepover at Grandma’s, but that will keep for another day.

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

And moving on to August…………


I thought I’d done all my shares from July’s Counterfeit kit in my last post, but then I found this page in the finished pile in my scrap room:


I don’t know what I did taking that photo – it doesn’t look wonky in real life!  I know it’s based on a sketch but I’m not sure where I got the sketch.  From the circles I’m guessing it’s Stuck?!  I think the photos are from a family holiday to Jersey around 1971 or ’72 and I’m waiting to confirm that with The Grandma before I write in the speech bubble journal spot.

There’s still quite a lot of paper left in that kit but I find I’m craving a bit more colour.  I noticed that August’s Counterfeit kit contained a sheet of woodgrain paper like one I still have in July’s kit so I decided to make myself a page kit and enter Amanda King’s scraplift challenge.


You can see Amanda’s pages on her blog here and here.  And this is my interpretation.


I’ve used an old photo of me taken at a works Christmas Party, so I’m also linking up to Challenge YOUrself’s Scraptoberfest (and there’ll be more of that in another post, since I have done a page combining all four Scraptoberfest challenges).

I’ve put together a kit based on CKC’s October kit and my first double page is almost done – you never know I may actually manage to finish it and do a blog post before the end of October!

Scraplifting with Amanda


If you are here for the CKC blog hop, that was my last post, which you’ll find if you scroll down – but please don’t rush straight off.  I have one final LO from June’s kit to show you, which makes it 7 from last month’s kit.  Back in May I took up Amanda’s scrap lifting challenge and she picked my LO to win a prize and asked me to be her Guest Designer for July (I know how crazy is that? – two Guest Design spots in one month!!) So here’s the LO Amanda sent for me to scrap lift: Image 5   And here’s my scrap lift: DSC_0561 I’m very happy to get these photos scrapped.  You can see that they have faded quite a lot so I hope that will slow down once they are in the album.  I stuck with two photos, an oversized photo mat, a strip to the left of the photos and a couple of journalling cards.  I changed the position of the embellishments and if you have come here from Amanda’s blog and are observant you may have noticed that I have added some tiny punched apples.  I like to top buttons on a LO and it felt like I had some trapped white space by my journalling.  Apple punch to the rescue! I hope you’ll join in with Amanda’s challenge this month – I’d love to see your take on her page.

Killing my June Kit (with a Little Help from a Hitch Hiker’s Guide)


So here we are at the end of June and I’ve just about killed June’s CKC kit.  I must say that it was greatly helped by watching Shimelle’s videos in her Hitch Hikers Guide to Scrapbooking course.  As with all that she does it is truly awesome and available to buy on-line at her blog.

This kit has been very good for scrapping older photos.  This is one from my A-Level Physics class, circa 1982/3.  I took up the one side or the other challenge from CKC with a sketch from (the now closed) Creative Scrappers website, which I used last year.

DSC_0558Then I did another couple of pages for my Eden Project album:


This photo placement is a Shimelle staple and one I have used before.  The next one is something new (or new to me at least) from the Hitch Hiker’s Guide.


I thought the statue was a man until I found something about it on-line.  I think it’s because the dead leaves cover the form of her body and we visited at the end of October, so her usually lush hair had died back to a few whispy strands.

Finally we come right back up to date with a photo from Puddle Duck’s Confirmation at the start of June.


As soon as I saw the ‘My Name Is’ die cut I knew I wanted to use it on a page about how she chose her confirmation saint. It was so funny when she was told that she was supposed to live her life true to her Saint. ‘But I don’t want to join the French Army and fight England.” she said.

I had to pull in a few extra background sheets, since I didn’t have enough in the kit I made up, but it means more photos scrapped and more stashed used up, so it’s all good.

I do have one more page to share from this kit, but that will have to wait, because it is my Guest Designer page for Amanda’s scrap lift challenge.  June has been an uber busy month, so I will be back soon with my Project Life Light pages for May and June.  Now where did I leave that glue stick?……..