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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.


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.

My Life Map


September certainly was a busy month and I can’t believe that it is October already.  I don’t really feel as though I got September finished!

A new month means a new challenge at Scrapbookers Anonymous and this month is to use your die cutting machine.  As soon as I knew about this challenge I had a very good idea of what I wanted to do – inspired by this piece of work by Mel at I Speak Melsh.

I loved the idea of using a real map and picking out places of significance.  I chose to use places I had lived and four different Spellbinders Nestabilities circles to create my map based embellishments.

The large butterfly is a Sissix die and the smaller ones are from an X-cut punch.  They are cut from the same paper I used for the pinked circles behind the maps.  I like to just stick my butterflies along the centre and then lift up and curl (on the larger ones) the wings to add dimension.  I also added a bit of bling to the butterflies and on the maps in the rough position of where I lived.

I suppose I should have cut my title on my Bigshot too, but I like these chipboard alphas and I was trying to use my September Counterfeit kit.  The placement of the letters was inspired by a bookmark from Wagamamas.  Having left myself nowhere to journal I wrote my journalling around the edge of the kraft cardstock base.

You have until the end of the month to get crafty with you die cutter and win this fantastic prize. Just link up your project at Scrapbookers Anonymous. Or why not try one of the mini challenges:-


And don’t forget that you have until midnight tonight to sign up if you would like to join a game of  Pass the Page.  Just leave a comment here or on my 50th blog post – there’s already an amazing list of talented ladies taking part.
Whatever your selected challenge, make sure you enjoy yourself.  Happy scrapping Peeps.

Busy Times


September means that the new school year is just around the corner and it’s also the month when Shimelle runs her annual Learn Something New Every Day.  It’s also the first Anniversary of Scrapbookers Anonymous.  To celebrate the usual challenges will be supplemented by a series of mini challenges with extra prizes.  A whole month long cyber crop Woohoo – I hope you’ll be able to join us.    It looks like it’s going to be a very busy month.

This month’s challenge at Scrapbookers Anonymous is to use chipboard.  I found some photos from a painting trip to the Lake District in 2002, which included some smaller prints.  I dug out an old mini album and found some sketches and painting I did during the trip.

Last month was so busy the album’s not quite finished yet so the full reveal will have to wait.  I didn’t have any time to work on it yesterday, as Puddle Duck and I hosted a kiddy crop.  Two of her class mates came round and the three of them created some amazing pages.

Puddle Duck decided she wanted to scraplift my Scrapbookers Anonymous LO from June.  I’ve never been scraplifted before!  She chose the photos and edited them herself.  Her design was very carefully planned to include an embellishment associated with each person on the page.

I suggested pp to go behind the embellishments in the non-photo squares but she was adament she wanted it as it is.

Saiorse did a lovely pink and turquoise page of her and her sister.  Love how she framed the photos with that turquoise triangle created by the sparkly thickers title and the two big flowers (which came off Puddle Duck’s old dress up grass skirt btw and it was great to see her happily get them from the scrap room when I asked her to get some things Saiorse could use).

I don’t really do many pastel pages so I’m really pleased she’s made such good use of my stash.

Rebecca has a very different taste in colours – she likes them bright and bold and she dived straight in trying Shimelle’s 4X6 Photo Love for July, which uses seven photos.

She had her Mom to help and it was quite comical with Mom trying to persuade her to choose certain papers and Rebecca being quite certain what she wanted.  Mom finally got her way at the end when Rebecca included the tiniest green butterflies on her cluster of embellishments using Mom’s favourite green paper.  If they come again, Mom is doing her own page – then she gets to pick the papers she wants!

The other six photos are hidden behind the photo on the left in a concertina, with journalling cut from a postcard.

I think these are stunning, considering that all three girls are only 7 and Saiorse and Rebecca have never done any scrapbooking before (although they both love crafts).

I think three kids who need help is just about the maximum number for this type of thing but we all enjoyed it. There’ll be another one soon for the ones who couldn’t make it yesterday and one thing is for sure – Puddle Duck will be required to bake again – her chocolate chip cookies were declared better than the ones they sell at Merry Hill!

P.S. Yesterday was also a happy mail day – my photo order arrived, followed by the parcel of scrapbooking stash (unfortunate to arrive as we finished the crop when it was to make kits for the kids!) and my embellishment from Miss Smith – wonder what I’ll do with that?