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Vintage Charm


I didn’t think I would have time to blog this month.  I’ve been working long hours and scrapping is much more relaxing than sitting in front of the computer when that’s what I’ve been doing all day.  But today I made a page using the 1 June sketch from Stuck?!

I’ve been using Shimelle’s Scrapbooking Process this month to pull together my 2016 albums – a pocket page ‘Project Life Light’ (on a similar basis to the one I did for 2015 although slimmed down even further) and my main album which is a mixture of 12 X 12 and pocket pages.

The main album didn’t include anything from last year’s summer break in London and I started with 3 square photos from our trip to the V&A.
The title was a last minute change.  I was going to call it V&A Tearooms but when I picked up the embellishment packet with ‘charm’ in it I knew I had the perfect opportunity to use it.

I used my June Counterfeit kit – a mix of MME On Trend 2 and Theresa Collins Daily Stories and Sweet Afternoon.  The background paper is Crate Paper Emma’s Shoppe.

I haven’t shared my kit yet – due to not blogging, so for those Counterfeiters who are interested here it is:
Here are a few more embellishments. And the B-sides to some of the papers And some extra papers thrown in: It’s been a very productive kit so far – this is my fourth 12 X 12 page and I’ve also done 3 pocket pages, all of which I’ve shared on the CKC Facebook Page here.  I have two more pages planned, so I’d best get off and get back to cutting and sticking.

I’ve just realised – I still haven’t used that mask…….

For the Love of Pretty Paper


National Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop

This post is part of the National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop hosted by the Facebook Group “For The Love Of Pretty Paper”

If you are following the hop you should have arrived here from Julia

I struggled at first when I found out I had to create a page using my favourite technique – I wasn’t sure I had one.  I looked back through my last few pages and concluded that my favourite technique was clustering.

My first step was to choose a photo and gather some supplies.  I bought some London themed paper a while ago to scrap photos from The Shard.  I took that as my starting point and put together a page kit with papers from the Discover England collection from Paper House and Shimelle’s True Stories collection with London themed puffy stickers and button badges.

I picked one photo for a 12 X 12 page and others for a pocket page.  As I worked on the 12 X 12 I also worked on a 4 X 6 card for the pocket page to create two similar clusters on each.  The 4 X 6 card was cut from the 4 inch strip cut from the 12 X 12 background sheet.  

I needed something to use as a base to build the clusters and True Stories has a great coffee cup paper to fussy cut.  I picked three blue cups to make three clusters to form a visual triangle over the two pages.  I started with the largest cluster on the 12 X 12 page next to the photo and built a second matching cluster on the 4 X 6 card.

I used a large button badge in the main cluster, while the smaller cluster has a smaller button badge and stickers with the three London landmarks from the large button badge. The large cluster connects the photo and title and having a similar smaller cluster near the journaling helps to bring the two pages together.

The third cluster was based on the lid of a coffee cup and included London landmarks and heart stickers.  While these three clusters form a triangle across the two pages, each page has its own mini triangle formed of hearts and pink butterflies.

The triangle on the 12 X 12 page is formed by the red hearts, pink butterflies and silver accents.  The I love London sticker fills a gap between the button badge and the title.  It forms another link to the pocket page where I have used the same sticker on a card of Tower Bridge and echoes the phrase on my smaller button badge.

I kept the bulk of the embellishment at the top of the page so that I could add three diamond stickers to the map to show the positions of our hotel, The Shard and The Cambridge Theatre where we saw Matilda that evening.

There’s another triangle on the pocket page – formed by the Union Jack heart stickers and pink butterflies.  The 3 X 4 photo cards are from the Discover England cut apart sheet.

Having a 12 X 12 page with a pocket page is something I’ve started doing a lot of.  The downside is that it dictates that the following page must also be a pocket page, so I’ve been completing a number of pages to fit into an album – rather than making one or two random pages (you can see the pages which fit around these ones in my last post).  I used the photos from the rest of the day and worked with the photo paper on the back of my 4 X 6 and another cut apart card with a ‘Mind the Gap’ logo for the reverse of my pocket page.  I repeated the circular motif with a journalling spot made to go on the cards I made from a Tube map and the London Eye in the card made with my London Skyline die cuts.  A button badge and London stickers carry on the theme from the previous pages and I’ve included pink to help tie in the photos from the Theatre.

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Birdhouse Four, Adventure Three


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.

A Spring Blog Hop with CKCB


Welcome to my part of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Members’ Blog Hop – hope you’re enjoying it. You should have come here from Sherrie, if you haven’t hop over to the CKCB site to start from the beginning.

Today I have combined challenges 1 and 3.  Challenge 1 was to combine with another challenge and I have selected a sketch from Stuck?!

Challenge 3 was to be inspired by spring.  I thought my kit was pretty unspring-like with the geometrics, bright colours and black and white, but wait – there’s some nice soft, spring pastels in there.  I used the sketch to create a base without choosing any photos.  The grey, white, aqua and pink was all a little too pale for my liking, so I added in the black and white camera washi tape.

Spring to me is flowers and there aren’t any in my kit, so I fussy cut some from some scraps left from a previous kit.  I know they’re not strictly speaking spring flowers but they do for me.  Once I’d picked out and printed my photos I realised that the spacing wasn’t quite right with the frame.  I added a couple of chipboard frames and then kept on adding bits of embellishment in the three areas: and now here’s my project …


I took these photos during our Easter break trip to London.  Puddle Duck loves trails and Shaun the sheep so it was a good combination.  We’ll be doing the owls in Birmingham this summer too.

Thanks for stopping by and now you should hop over to Leslie.  I’m sure she has something lovely to share.
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Photo Scavenger Roundup


I guess this is a case of better late than never, although I have made the final link.  I got the photo scavenger hunt finished this year (last year I failed on the last one – I forgot to take a photo of myself with a craft tool).  No worries this year – I had a choice for the compulsory final photo of me with an item representing the season.  I settled for one taken by Puddle Duck during our walking tour of Copenhagen, when I stopped to tie her shoelace.


In previous years I have presented my round up as a slide show.  This year I have created a double page spread for my scrapbook.  I used the washi tape and a selection of embellishments from October’s counterfeit kit with two sheets of white card stock and a sheet of Studio Calico pp depicting frames.   And then added even more embellishments.  It had a lot of white space when I started but by the time I’d added a title and journalling it was filling up fast.


Apologies for my wonky photo taking.  You can see more final roundup photos on Rinda’s blog here.  Thank-you Rinda for another inspiring challenge.  Long may they continue.

Nearly half of the photos I chose for the final cut were taken on our Cruise.  There were so many photo opportunities and I have a wonderful ZIZO from the Hermitage museum in St Petersburgh.  At first glance this looks like a painting – it’s Catherine the Great, Tsarina of Russia.

DSC_0208But zoom in and you can see that it is, in fact, a mosaic.


I’m still sorting through those holiday photos to put together an order for prints.  I’m going for a Project Life pocket format – I’m hoping it will speed up my scrapping, but photo editing is taking longer because I am joining two photos in one PSE file to print at 4 X 6 so that I can get 3 X 4 prints.  I had a load done but I made the mistake of setting the PSE canvas to 4 X 6 and when I uploaded for printing I got a warning that the files were medium quality.  I now have to redo all of them at 12 X 8 to get a good quality print.

I’m going back to editing now.  I may be some time…………..

Three is the Magic Number


I’ve had a busy week, but I managed to get three pages done using sketches from Shimelle.com.  First I scrapped some more Disney photos – taken at our hotel on the first night before we set off for Dinner and a character meet.


I made the title alphas using Woodland Folks stamp set from Docrafts, stamping onto woodgrain paper.  I added a little distressing to fit the current Artastic challenge.

The other two pages use co-ordinating papers.  It’s not quite a double spread but they will be next to each other in the album.


From the moment I saw this on my camera I knew I wanted to scrap this photo at a large size. It was one of those lucky shots – put the camera at ground level, shoot up and hope for the best.


You can find the three sketches here, here and here.

Dusting off a Die Set


This post is dedicated Ruth and Anne.  Ruth was the first person to use my set of London dies when we went to Milton Keynes for a Bloggers’ Weekend.  I have to confess that they haven’t been used since and maybe they wouldn’t have been for this project if Anne Pennington hadn’t just joined the Design Team at Black With Two.


I first ‘met’ Anne when we were on the Scrapbookers’ Anonymous Design Team together.  Since that site closed, Anne has been running her own challenge site – Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge (two challenges a month – one theme based and one sketch) and I join in from time to time. This is her first month on the DT at Black With 2 and it’s an unusual one – black plus slate grey and pearl grey.  I knew I would need colourful photos to make it work and I thought of the ones I took at Easter of the changing lights on Southwark Bridge.

Well, then it kind of snowballed (as my ideas often do).  There’s a rainbow challenge at the Counterfeit kit Blog for NSD and a series of small photos give me a rainbow.  Then combine London photos, with the sketch top right:

4 of 12 Creative Scrappers Birthday Sketches.

from Creative Scrappers and the aforementioned dies and the contents of my scrap box and you get this:


Have you got something hiding in your stash that you bought and have never used?  Why not dig it out and give it a whirl.