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NSD Challenges


Did you have a good time last weekend, joining in with all the online challenges for National Scrapbooking weekend? Thank-you to everyone who joined in the blog hop and for all the lovely comments you left.  And a huge welcome to everyone who decided to follow my blog as a result.

I wasn’t overly productive last weekend – considering that I stayed in to scrap.  I made three layouts for challenges on Facebook, using my Counterfeit kit.  For the tic-tac-toe challenge I used a sketch from the Scrap Our Stash NSD challenges:

My fussy cut item is the stamped dog in the garland (I think the border punch and patterned paper are self evident!).  The black and white photo and twine were requirements for the tic-tac-toe on FB.

I did a pocket page of Strawberry’s bedroom makeover:

I had terrible trouble with those two small photos.  The ink lifted off and left one looking rather distressed.  It was a new pad of photo paper but a brand I’ve used before.  I think it may have been printing from Word and not being able to specify the paper type which caused the problem.  I’ll give it one try printing from iPhoto with the correct settings and if I have the same problem the pad is going back.

I finally got our trip to see the Room on the Broom in January 2012 onto a page.

The cat, bird and dog embellishments I made were perfect for the subject and Strawberry donated a frog sticker to complete the witch’s companions.

I’ve been buying Promarkers online for Strawberry and the last parcel also contained a part used 6 X 6 pad for me.  Four pages from that pad are now cards for future pocket pages.

The right hand 3 X 4 card has a pocket to slip in a tag or tickets.  Any ideas for a quote or phrase for the 3 X 4 card on the left?

There’s not much of my counterfeit kit left and I have so many ideas.  I’ll be back when I have something to show you.  Until then ‘Keep Scrapping’.



Contrasting Styles.


I have a real contrast in styles to share today.  Both could qualify for a Technique Tuesday post but there are a challenge deadlines to meet, so here they are on Saturday.

For the Scrap 365 sketch I decided that a 90 degree twist with the arrow pointing up would be perfect for my photos from The Banqueting House.


I had a real struggle choosing the background paper.  I wanted to use an elegant, regal black but had nothing in my stash.  I ended up with this Beautiful sheet from 4 Gypsies Lille collection and settled for the black wash with a crown print and splashes of gold ink.  I painted the chipboard letter with the same gold ink and cut an arrow by eye – embossing with gold.

By way of complete contrast I finally got round to scrapping some photos from our Disney trip in 2006 – using only primary colours for the Counterfeit kit NSD challenge and a sketch from Disney Scrappers.


That’s the only piece of primary blue paper I own, so the banner ended up a little limited.  I tried to add more blue with the embellishment and blue ink for the stamping.  I hope the white in the pp and for the journalling is an acceptably low amount.  That stitching was hard work through three layers of pp and the photo.  I’ll be using a thimble if I ever try it again.

I’m off to enjoy what remains of my peace and quiet before I have to collect Puddle Duck from the Brownies 100 years birthday event at the Black Country Museum.

P.S. I’ve also had my LO featured on Creative Scrappers and picked as a top 3 on Frosted Designs!  And so nice to read the comments about my journalling which is what I always find hardest about a layout.

The Last 3 for Shimelle’s NSD


So today is the last day of Shimelle’s National Scrapbooking Day (Week?) challenges and I have managed to do 12 of the 24.  Which means that I have got behind and I have so much catching up to do visiting blogs.  I’ve got three LOs to share in this post, although two of them are still waiting for journalling.

Do you remember my divided page from Monday that I was having such a struggle with?  Well I didn’t give up.  I went through my new paper pads and pulled out a cut apart sheet from one of the Crate Paper pads.  And this is what I ended up with:


Once I had the tags and banner everything else just fell into place.  I’m really rather pleased with what started out as being such hard work, but now I’m struggling to know exactly what to put in the journalling!  Linking this up to Shimelle’s 21st Challenge to use a divided page.

For my next page I got out my glimmer mist.  I wanted to add some sparkle to some snowflakes for a couple of other LOs and thought that if I laid them on some kraft cardstock and then sprayed them I might have a nice background cardstock for another LO.  So that’s what I did and this is what I ended up with:

DSC_0548A little different to my normal pages but I think it’s growing on me.  The little row of christmas trees is cut from a cracker and the Ticket to Heaven tag came off Puddle Duck’s coat, so I guess this counts for the challenge to use unexpected supplies too.

For my last challenge I used my Counterfeit kit and a couple extra supplies left over from the LOs I’ve done this week, with some photos from The Black Country Museum.  I also added a white flower started by Puddle Duck when I was making brooches to send to the Soulscrappers DT for Christmas.

DSC_0550So there you have it my LOs for Shimelle’s NSD challenges.  I have a double LO laid out on the table and at least one other in my head but I doubt they will be done for midnight (I have to take Puddle Duck shopping now).  I’ll be round later to see what you created 😉

Mary – Pretty in Pink


I’m still working on Shimelle’s NSD challenges.  I don’t usually ‘do’ pink, which begs the question as to why I bought a 12 X 12 pad of Crate Paper’s Pink Plum.  Maybe it was because I had in the back of my mind that they would be perfect for scrapping the photo I took at church that morning.

I printed two small photos – one of them cropped from the original.  The pink blossom pattern made me think of Melissa Stinson’s pages so I popped over to her blog for a little inspiration – picking up the scalloped rings, hand cut border strips and machine stitching and this is what I ended up with:


The title comes from the hymn which was sung as the children crowned the statue of Mary and laid flowers around it.  I broke out the Big shot to cut the scalloped rings and title letters.  I fussy cut the cameras and vellum butterflies.  The vellum under the photos has glittery blossoms, so I’ve combined a few of the challenges here:

1. Scrap in pink

9. Do some fancy cutting

11. Make it sparkle

18. The power of 3

20. Scrap smaller photos

A LO for a Star Gazer


Happy Bank Holiday Monday.  Do you have that where you live – or is it a UK only thing?  I took Puddle Duck to church yesterday for the Crowning of Our Lady.  She took a spray of white chrysanthemums to lay by Mary’s statue at the front of the church.  Then we went to The Grandma’s for a very late family dinner.  I think today will be a lazy day.

But on with the scrapbooking. Here’s the second layout I have to show you from the crop on Saturday, using my Counterfeit kit for May:

DSC_0526I mixed the two kits up a bit – using the spots from my Cruise Line kit with my Star gazer kit.  I really struggled with a title.  I couldn’t remember where we were in the Natural History Museum when I took these photos.  The background paper is of the night sky, which is what is on the walls of this room and I had star buttons and metal brad so i finally hit on Star Gazer.  I added the journalling after I had found Puddle Duck’s guidebook and discovered that it was the Earth Hall.  I also doodled some lines around the journal and title blocks.  Something I find myself doing more and more right now – wonder where that came from all of a sudden?

I’m linking this up to Shimelle’s second NSD challenge to use 4 X 6 photos (I nearly always do because it’s the smallest size that is easy to order!).  I have some more to share during the week and I am currently struggling with the divide your page challenge.  I’m using a mix of full 12 X 12s and divided pages in my London album.  With what I have done so far, my Shrek photos fall on a divided page.  I have got this far and I am not feeling the love:

DSC_0527I just don’t know where to go from here.  Should I try the photos one above the other with the pale blue above the stripes?  Or just use different papers?  Any ideas?

Me thinks it may be time to put it to one side and try something else.  And I do have lots to go at, having bought even more pp yesterday.  If there is a TKMaxx or Home Sense near you, it is well worth a visit right now – lots of Crate Paper and AC paper pads, pens, ribbon, date stamps and loads more.

I’m off to get out my mists – do you think I should get dressed and eat breakfast first?

A Day Late…


Hello.  I know I said that I would be back yesterday with the winner of the blog hop draw, but yesterday was rather busy.  More on that later, but for now I want to give a big thank-you to everyone who took part in the Pass the Page blog hop.  I did a draw and checked that the winner had commented on all the blogs (I actually started checking who had done all the comments but decided that was going to take far too long and was more likely to lead to mistakes), and can now announce that the winner is Jemma.  I’ll be putting your prize in the post this week.

So onto my busy day.  As you all know it was National Scrapbooking Day yesterday, so after dropping Puddle Duck off at her stage class, I went off to the crop at Bromsgrove – armed with my Counterfeit kit for May.  It was the first time ever that I arrived early and the new caretaker hadn’t turned up to open up.  After a belated start I got down to photographing my kit(s):


I saw lots of spots and stripes in red, white, black and blue in the original kit.  A chalkboard paper, a yellow floral print (which I have in my stash), anchors, pegs, buttons, twine and washi tape.

I knew I had most of that in my stash so pulling a kit together wasn’t too hard.  One thing did bother me however, and that was that the papers were all single colours – no paper combining all of them, so I added a sheet from my Royal Caribbean Cruise collection.  I threw in some cruise stickers and 3D embellies, some journalling cards, wooden boats and flair style buttons for my Cruise Line kit.

IMAG0537In the second kit i saw a beige spot, yellow herringbone and pale blue text.  I had a sheet of the first and a scrap of the second. I thought I could use a dark blue star scape instead of the oscilliscope pattern and found a pale blue cruise text pp while i was looking for it.  So that was the paper sorted.


The embellishments were a little harder and I settled for twine, wood veneer car, a cut apart journalling sheet from 4heures37 -called Eiffel Avenue and a sticker sheet from Authentic – called Loyal. And my Star Gazer kit is done.

All I need now are some alphas – queue American Crafts Thickers, Webster Pages Story Tellers and some Papermania foam letters and I had two kits to take to the crop. With all those cruise based papers and embellishments I pulled out some photos from my 2010 cruise, a couple of photos from Legoland’s Pirates’ Landing and last year’s trip to the Museums in London. I went with the Glitter Girl limited supplies approach so that I could unpack and re-pack quickly and not spend too much time deliberating, because I had to leave early to collect Puddle Duck and take her to her friend’s birthday party.

I managed to get one LO done barring the journalling and another almost complete. I finished when I got home with a little heavier weight twine (well, nearer cord really).

IMAG0539I already have a number of pages of the Water Park at Labadee in the album, so it doesn’t really need a title and journalling.  I’m linking this up with Shimelle’s 18th NSD challenge to use the power of three.  Three embellishments around two 4X6 photos is something I do quite often now thanks to Shimelle.  Here I have three red and white circles with an anchor.

I have a couple more pages to show you from yesterday, but I think I will spread the posts over the week.  Hope you had a fun crafty day yesterday.  What did you create?

Post Script – also linking up to challenge to use 4X6 photos because we can combine challenges and enter each challenge more than once.  Hurrah!

Scrapbooking Day Challenges are Almost Over….


So glad it’s the weekend.
We kicked off Friday evening with a card making session for my Little Brother’s Wedding Anniversary. Puddle Duck did the one on the left without any help. I used the scraps from my stamping layout, which is part of Scrapbookers Anonymous challenge to make a card with the scraps from your LO. You have until the end of the month to submit a stamped page (card an optional extra) – hopefully I’ll do another stamped LO this weekend.

I’ve significantly slowed since last Saturday – this LO took three evenings!!!

One of Shimelle’s NSD challenges was to tell the story behind the photo, which concerns Puddle Duck’s Niece coming to visit for her birthday and is on the LO here:

I took the photos when I took them back to Birmingham to catch the coach home because I knew I wanted to scrap it and so that The Niece could have a picture in front of the building she liked so much.  I’m really impressed by the zoom on my little point and shoot camera.

I also managed to squeeze three of Shimelle’s other challenges into this LO: create a layered embellishment, a triangle of embellishments and a border between the photos.  Although maybe using the strip with the product name as part of your embellishment is taking the using every scrap thing a little too far?

Hope you’re having a creative weekend – NSD challenges are open at 2peas and Shimelle.com until the end of Sunday.