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Christmas in Birmingham


Christmas may seem a long time ago, but my CKC kit contains a few Christmas items so I decided to scrap the photos from our annual trip to the Birmingham German Market to get it used up.

The German Market is becoming a family tradition.  We always have a bratwurst and a photo with the Bull Ring Bull in its Christmas outfit.  I take very similar photos every year but I haven’t scrapped many of them, so I went with a 12X12 page and a 16 pocket divided page protector.

I used the 15 Jan sketch from Stuck?! and I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.  I made the 12X12 background with white card stock and gutted the plaid patterned paper at the beginning of the month; so that I could make my forgeries and cut out the little house for my 2018 Goals page.

I’m not quite so keen on the pocket page but it is growing on me.  I have eight more photos; close ups of the market stalls to fill the reverse of the pocket page, but I’m still thinking about what to do for the other pockets.

I’ve put the pages in my album for safe keeping and I noticed that the pocket page is larger than 12X12 and my American Crafts ring binder is only just big enough for it.  The divider is October Afternoon, so if anyone knows where I can get a slightly larger album than standard please let me know.I’m doing really well with this kit.  That’s 7 pages done and one almost there; plus another 5 half done.  That will be 13 in total when I’m finished.  I hope to get them all done for next weekend to share before the January linky closes.




2018 Goals with CKC


Are you ready for the first challenge of 2018 from The Counterfeit Kit Challenge?  I have to admit to being stumped for a while when I read the e-mail.  I don’t set annual goals as such.  Last year I had a general aim to be more creative, the previous year I decided I was going away for Christmas and there’s always a general intention to declutter!  I’ve had numerous trips to charity shops with trolley loads of unwanted stuff over the last 3 years, but I’m still surrounded by piles of it.  I decided that I need a reason to reduce the clutter and redecorating seems to be a good motivation.  I’ve lived here for over 10 years and the carpet, curtains and fireplace in the living room, which I hated when I moved in. are still there.

Before we moved in I had a new bathroom and kitchen, a new carpet in the bedrooms, wallpaper in my room and new doors at the back.  Other than that the decorating was cosmetic – just a coat of paint on the walls.  I’ve done odd bits since – Strawberry’s bedroom got a makeover in 2016 and last year the back room was transformed from a Harry Potteresque Room of Requirements to a functioning craft room.  I try to be realistic with the targets I set myself; to avoid getting discouraged if I can’t do it all.  So setting a goal to get the house straight with some specific tasks seems like a good plan for the year.

For the page I decided to use the Jan 1 ‘Stuck!’ sketch.  I wasn’t keen on any of the whole sheets left in my Counterfeit kit for the background so I went through the collections I’d used to build the kit and pulled a neutral grey from Heidi Swapp’s September Skies.

I went for stars instead of diamonds and fussy cut a heart and a house from the B side of a piece gutted from the tartan paper (more of that in another post!)  For the photos I went round the house and took some shots of things I want to change; the clutter in the utility room, the kitchen shelf, the corner of the living room and my decorating scrapbook, which already includes a mood board for the living room.

My to do list also includes decorating the hall, stairs and landing and putting up more shelves in the craft room.  After I’d finished the page I realised that I should have included papering the downstairs toilet and clearing the junk from the garage.  Maybe I should do a car boot sale this summer – I tried a table top sale in 2016, but sales barely covered my table fee and since Strawberry broke my windscreen while I was setting up so it actually cost me money!!!

As well as looking forward and planning for the next year, January is also a time to look back on the previous year. I’ve done year in review pages in the past, but in 2015 and 2016 I did a Project Life Light album, so I wasn’t motivated to do another summary of the year. I didn’t do PLL for 2017 so I picked a photo for each month and put together this page:

There’s not a lot of white space in this design so I felt more comfortable using the bright aqua cardstock from my kit as the background.  I’m running short on the letter e and had no number 2 s left, so I had to go outside the kit for alphas. And it turned out I was short of the letter e all round and had to get creative with the title.

Creative is a good way to describe 2017. We went to 7 Comic Cons, where Strawberry met her favourite You Tube artists in the Comic village.  We visited museums and art galleries when we went to the Cons in London and Manchester.  She had a painting and a sketching lesson and completed Inktober. I had a scrapbook class with Amy Tan, took part in a photo challenge and we went on a scrapbook retreat together.  I wonder what my 2018 year in review page will look like.  Will I have photos to show I’ve ticked off my goals?

Whether you are looking forward or back right now we’d love to see your pages in the monthly link up.





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.

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!)

June Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop


Welcome to Junes’s Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop. If you didn’t arrive here from Leslie’s blog, why not hop back to the CKC blog and start from the beginning?

The challenges this month were:

Challenge #1: Patterned die cuts

Challenge #2: Transportation challenge

Challenge #3: One side or the other

I still had some transportation themed die-cuts left in my kit and the layered embellishments from my last post, so I have a LO for both challenges 1 and 2 AND getting my forgeries on a page – Go Me!


I decided to use the 3X4 cards to make a 3X3 grid. When I first pulled the ‘Just the 2 of us’ card for the kit, I thought I would do a page about me and Puddle Duck but I had this odd photo of me and L’il Bro in our back garden which was just perfect to put in the middle of the page. (and which gives me another opportunity to link up with Challenge YOUrself.

I’m not sure who took the photo. It was obviously taken from our next door neighbours’ garden.  I used to spend ages chatting to ‘Uncle’ Norman over the garden fence.  He died when I was still quite young and ‘Auntie’ Betty stayed on in the house alone, until she passed a away a couple of years ago.  When she died her son-in-law said we could take what we wanted from the house before before it was cleared out. Her dining table and chairs are sitting behind me as I type – covered in piles of pretty paper, embellishments and finished scrapbook pages – including the one above.

Next on the blog hop is Karen. Happy hopping.

Catching up with 2013


I’ve got terribly behind with my posts.  I think I’ll have to get a few scheduled.  Here’s my review of 2013 made using my Counterfeit kit for the Studio Challenges.  I was going to do this for their December sketch challenge but didn’t get time in December.


Looking back 2013 was such a busy year for all the right reasons.  It was so hard to pick the twelve photos.  I haven’t been able to include Warwick Castle, Historic Royal Palaces, the theme parks we visited or three trips to Stratford!

2014 is starting as busy for all the wrong reasons, but there are good things on the horizon.

A Jolly Jubilee


After all the hype and anticipation, it’s finally here.  And I have two challenges for you to kick off a Joyous Jubilee Weekend.  If you have some J themed stash to use up or want somewhere to share your Jubilee scrapping you are in the right place.  If you want to fly the flag with a recipe challenge, follow this link.

This month I am joined by the lovely Jemma (aka Jim Jams).  I first came across Jemma on a Shimelle course and got to meet her in person last year.  She’s just as lovely as her wonderful bright pages, but now I’ll hand over to her……….

Thank you Julie for asking me to guest post for you today – and for allocating me the letter “J” to play with.  “J” is for me (Jemma) and my blog (Just-Jimjams) and I have blogged about the letter “J” before but never really scrapped with it (apart from making name badges for crops and scrappy retreats). 
The UK is currently draped in flags, what with the Queen’s DIamond Jubilee this month and the 2012 Olympics this summer, so my first port of call was a Union Jack!  I made a card with vintage book pages torn and inked appropriately.  I had to double-check to make sure that the flag was the correct way up – the broad white (or in my case Kraft) cross of Scotland is above the narrow red cross of Ireland on the left-hand side – the other way up is apparently a distress signal !!!
As I was creating for this post in advance of the Diamond Jubilee weekend I went back ten years to find our photos of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  I had to scan a selection of prints and do some heavy cropping because they were taken with APS film. This was two years before we had a digital camera and four years before I started scrapping, both of which changed the way I take photos.  There were none of me (always holding the camera) but plenty of my three kids; it was really fun to see how tiny they and their friends were a decade ago.
I bought 3 sheets of Papermania Portobello Road papers especially for the layout which is based on a sketch from Sketch Support‘s book of Travel Sketches.   I trimmed an “X” and a “P” to make the Bo Bunny Christmas (!) Bright alphas stretch for my long title – can you spot them?
My journalling was done with a Jellyroll pen just to add to the jolliness!  I hope you’ll all have fun joining in with Julie’s challenge during the month of June!


And now for my LO.  I decided it was about time I used up some of my Jenni Bowlin stash.  I’ve had 4 super sized rub-on butterflies sitting in the drawer for about year and they are just too beautiful to stay there.  There’s a challenge to use a grid over at the JBS site which I thought I could try, but I was really struggling until Glitter Girl came to the rescue and pointed me towards Jen Gallagher’s wonderful stretch your sketch course and this is what I came up with:

I think you’ll be seeing a few more of these photos, scrapped with AC’s Neapolitan papers.  The title is from one of the hymns sung during the Communion Service.  I’m not quite done with this – I need to add some journalling.  I can’t decide on black or maybe a white jelly roll pen.  And should I write round the butterfly or can I go over it?  What do you think?

I’d love to see what you create with the letter J – just leave a link to your project in the comments below before the end of June.  And don’t forget to visit Jemma for the Jubilee.

P.S.  This is my 90th post.  10 more to go to my centenary.