Tag Archives: Eden Project

Blue Sugar and Coffee

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I made my last page with my April Counterfeit kit last weekend, but I’ve been busy making sure my post is just right for a National Scrapbooking Day blog hop next weekend; so better late than never here it is at last – another page from the Tropical Biome at the Eden Project:

That’s the last of the Adventure kit papers, which makes it four pages from each of the kits I made last month.  And now that it’s May there’s a new kit to Counterfeit on the blog.  A very pretty kit from Gossamer Blue, but I have a dilemma (or two or three) – I don’t have any direct matches to the kit papers and I should choose between some alternatives to keep the kit to a reasonable size (I hate having too large a kit, not using it and putting it back in my stash).  So, can you help me to decide?

From the photo below I need to choose either the aqua and blue alphas or multi-coloured numbers to substitute for the multi-coloured alphas.  Instead of the cute animals I’m not sure whether to go with cute bugs or dogs.  And finally do I use the navy polka dot or the other blue paper?

Decisions, decisions.  I have until the weekend to decide and get my kit together for National Scrapbooking Day.  I’m part of the For the Love of Pretty Paper Blog Hop, so I hope you’ll join me at 10.00 am on Sunday.

Birdhouse Four, Adventure Three

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When I created two Counterfeit kits this month I wasn’t sure which one I would use most. It looked like Adventure was winning, but Birdhouse rallied when I picked up some photos from last year’s trip to London with the Grandparents.

Here they are in chronological order.

A drink at our hotel and then birthday dinner at the Rainforest Cafe near Picadilly Circus.  I used the frog puffy stickers for Challenge 2 and because the tree frog is the Rainforest Cafe emblem. I thought I could do another pocket page with photos from the meal, but it turns out I didn’t download them before I lost my phone, so they are gone for good.

I’m still not sure why I didn’t take photos inside The Old Operating Theatre – it was worth the visit.  It’s near the Shard if you want to take a look yourself.  The only one I have is this of Strawberry as we left. I used the sketch from the Studio Challenge blog for this page.

My last page from the kit is some photos from Blists Hill Living Museum. This one uses patterned paper only – no enamel dots, brads or other embellishments.

Finally I made another page from my Adventure kit to take its total up to three: another page from my Eden album, telling the the story of chocolate.

That’s five pages in two days! There’s one full sheet and some scraps left from the Adventure kit – I’ll see if I can even up the numbers.

The Man in The Chair

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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.

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.

Catching up ……. from July!

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I have some catching up to do and I thought I’d start by sharing some pages I made with July’s Counterfeit kit.  Since I started using the kit with photos from The Eden Project, I thought that I would continue with photos from the same day.

First was our delicious lunch:

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And then Puddle Duck having a go at milling her own breakfast oats:

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Here’s a scrap lift from one of July’s Counterfeit kit Members’ Blog Hop:

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If anyone remembers who made the original please let me know so that I can edit this post and add the link.

And finally here’s one I started and then put to one side until I had chance to finish it at my scrappy weekend away: 

There’s still time to win a prize on the Pass the Page Blog Hop – you have until Sunday.  Just follow this link, then hop along and leave a comment on each blog and I’ll put your name in the draw.

Revels in the Vineyard

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Welcome back to my first layout with my Counterfeit Kit and thank-you you all so much for the lovely comments you have left.

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Challenge 1 is to make a LO with more than 4 photos. My standard go to for multiple 4X6 photos is the course Shimelle ran on 2Peas in a Bucket.  Sadly that site is now closed but the videos are still available on YouTube – just Google ‘Shimelle 4X6 Photolove’ and then add the name of the month which corresponds to the number of photos you want to scrap.  You’ll then find a process video for a layout with that number of 4X6 photos – although of course you could adapt them to other sizes.

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Although I had eight photos of the Bachannalian Revels from the Eden Project, I already had a LO in mind with 6 photos.  And here’s my double page:

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This is the third LO I’ve made with this idea of a row 6 offset photos.  I think it works well with my border strip forgeries but I’m thinking I want to move the photos around now!  I’m looking forward to seeing what the Master Forgers have done.

If you would like to try this yourself, you can find the video here: Shimelle’s 4X6 Photolove

 

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?……..