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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!)

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.

Having a Blast


I’ve been busy this week.  Puddle Duck’s bedroom is done and I’ve been having a blast with Shimelle’s Scrapbook Process course. I have all but finished my Lapland scrapbook album – just titles and journalling for 3 pages and one left to embellish and it’s done.  I’ve even done a card to fit in the window on the front cover.

I think I’ll wait until that’s finished and show you the complete album.  For now I have two pages to share for challenges and both using Counterfeit kits.  First is a page from this month’s kit, using this month’s sketch on the Facebook group Sketchy Scrappers:


Puddle Duck insisted on helping and adding some sparkle with Stickles.  I think I might need to add something to the top right of the photos – maybe some journalling will do it; and some more sparkle!

My second page uses my counterfeit kit from last December and fits Shimelle’s challenge to produce a page with strong horizontal lines.


I’m beginning to think that I need a new way to scrap 3 4X6 photos – I seem to be doing this a lot lately!

Scrapping Family Photos


As the end of May rapidly approaches I have a couple of LOs to share from my counterfeit kits.  They are very different – one bright, modern photos of everyday family fun and the other a formal vintage photo.

May’s kit was the perfect palette to scrap some family photos of Puddle Duck with her Dad and niece and nephew.  And yes that date is correct – those photos were taken on a sunny day in October!


That broad black and white stripe was the only whole sheet left in my kit.  It’s not a pattern I would have gone for with a stack of three photos like this, but I like the way it turned out.  I’m thinking that some gold sequins scattered around might add just the finishing touch but I have none in my stash so that will have to wait until I buy some!

My second LO is using April’s kit, which had a vintage feel to it.  Perfect for scrapping this old Photo of my Dad’s Grandmother and Aunt Pem – his father’s youngest sister.


I’m not sure if that feels quite finished.  What do you think?

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

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.