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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.


Found Art with the CKC Blog Hop


Welcome – if you’re on the CKC Blog Hop you should have arrived here from Lisa’s blog.  If you didn’t and would like to join, go back to the CKC blog and I’ll see you back here in a mo!

It’s a daunting proposition following Lisa in a blog hop – she’s such a hard act to follow!  But here goes:

The three challenges this month are:

I went with challenge 1.  I know I have some photos somewhere of some amazing sandcastles from a Christmas holiday in Benidorm one year, but I can’t find them anywhere.  Instead I used a photo of Puddle Duck laying on the beach making art from found objects.  We had taken her out of school to help The Grandma and The Grandad celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on a Caribbean Cruise. Her class homework was to create a picture from found natural objects; I’m not sure beach art was quite what her teacher had in mind.

I used a sheet of Memory Box printed kraft card stock from my Krafty Florals kit called ‘Bill of Sale’, which is nearly as old as the photo.  I matted the photo, made a banner from the chipboard pieces and then went to town merrily fussy cutting flowers to add embellishments.  Finally I took inspiration from the second challenge and added some string and torn handmade embossed paper to the embellishment clusters.  And here is the finished article:


So, happy belated Sandcastle Day to you.  Your next stop on the hop is Leslie, who will have one of her wonderful LOs to share with you.

Scrapbook Like a Super Hero



Do you have certain ‘go to’ designs for your scrapbooking pages?  My go to for three photos has to be this one from Shimelle’s 4X6 Photolove scrapbooking series.

I have two recent examples to share – both from last year’s US holiday.  First uses some photos from our hotel in WDW which will be the cover page for that section of the album.  The entrance to our room was through that hat in the middle photo.


I used some Rusty Pickle papers which have been in my stash for probably 6 years and the new eyelets and eyelet setting tool The Grandma bought me.  Still had to get the Cropodile out for the top one though!  I’ve still not mastered eyelet setting – a couple of these are a bit smooshed.

The second is of an intriguing sculpture in New York’s Museum of Modern Art:


I found this blog post on the sculpture, if you are interested in reading more about it.



I made this page in parallel with another I started for Shimelle’s weekly challenge to use vellum.  I dug out some old printed vellum and added some vellum flowers as the base to my title and clusters and some vellum butterflies, then finished off with liquid pearls. If you struggle with layers and clusters there’s a wonderful Glitter Girl video to help you here.




The embellishment on my third page for this post follows a similar pattern, with butterflies and liquid pearls.  It started with white card stock but I got stuck and rearranged it all following a discussion on the Scrapbook Like a Super Hero Face Book page.

I’m not too happy with the way the journalling came out on the Hive Mind page, so I’m going to give this some thought before I add some journalling (plus I need to get some more info on the photo from The Grandma).


What really makes me happy about these pages is that I used up some old stash which had been sitting unloved in my drawer.  What have you scrapped lately?

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!

Catching up ……. from July!


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:


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


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


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.

Oh the Places We’ll Go


June has been such a busy month, we have two birthdays and Father’s Day, but this year is also Puddle Duck’s Confirmation and her last year at Primary School, with The Virgin Money Fiver Challenge and the school play to rehearse for.  It’s been pretty hectic but with her doing extra rehearsals for her show in London next month I’ve had some time to scrap too. My first page uses the map paper from this month’s Counterfeit kit and a selfie of the two of us taken by Puddle Duck last month. As a rare page with me on it i am linking up with the Challenge Yourself blog, who’s only criteria this month is to use a photo with yourself in it. DSC_0543 I wanted the map paper to show through so I abandoned my usual style of large layers of pretty paper and went instead for a scattering of die-cuts.  With all those transportation die-cuts and journalling about our travels, this is perfect for Challenge 2 at CKC – even though I finished before the challenge went live.  I had intended it to be a bucket list of all the places we had been and wanted to go but somehow the LO didn’t seem to lend itself to a list.  Maybe I’ll do that as an accompanying 6X12 page. I originally started this based on Challenge 1, but my patterned paper die-cuts aren’t layered so I thought I would make some for this month’s forgery challenge: DSC_0545 I also forged the alphas from the original Basic Grey South Pacific kit to make a simple Father’s Day card. DSC_0547 Make sure to join in the CKC members’ blog hop on 24 June to see those embellishments on a page.

A Belated International Scrapbooking Day Post


International scrapbook Day (ISD) seems so long ago and it’s nearly a month since my last post so it’s about time I shared what I’ve been up to and linked up to those wonderful inspiration sites on t’internet.

For ISD I took part in challenges set by members of the Facebook Group For the Love of Pretty Paper, which was set up by Sarah Roulston of Hey Little Magpie.  And I also had a look at the Counterfeit Kit Club challenges.  The first challenge on FB was to use three photos and some new stash.  I had three photos taken on the quay in St Petersburgh, left over from my pocket page.  The papers are all pretty old but I managed to sneak in one new chipboard arrow to meet the criteria.


I think I must have had the CKC challenges on my mind too, because the colour palette is pretty close to this mood board one AND I included some gold glitter alphas, which was another of the challenges.

Then there were scrap lift and sketch challenges.  Amanda King challenged us to scrap lift this page:

Of course I reached straight for my pack of photos from Chester Zoo and January’s Counterfeit Kit and here’s my page:


Then there was a sketch from Jennifer Grace:

I kept my page very simple, copying the tyre in the photo to create a place for journalling instead of the sun in the sketch (apologies for the wonky photo).

DSC_0502I think I must have still had the sketch in my head when I did the final challenge – to scrap about work (do you see the similarities?).


I try to work at home once a week so that I can do the school run.  This particular day Puddle Duck had made some microwave mug cakes, so I had a tasty snack.

I also did a challenge to create some Project Life cards but I think that’s more than enough for now and I’ll save them for another post.  I’ll be back later today with a post for Jennifer Grace’s Focus your Craft and Soul blog event.  See you later and Happy Scrapping!

P.S also linking up to Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge, where this month the challenge is to use flowers.