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Bah Humbug


The January 1 sketch at Let’s Get Sketchy is perfect for using 3X4 cards like the ones I forged for my kit.  I’ve had this LO in mind since I saw it but I’ve been distracted by other projects (including this one for Kraft+ using the same sketch).

I did quite well sticking within my counterfeit kit for this page.  I had no problem with alphas for the title, since that was provided by my 3X4 card and the only things I added were the white star stickers (I could have punched some from white card) and the Christmas tissue paper I used in my Traditions LO.  Even though they will be in different albums, I didn’t want this one to look too much like my Cocoaflakes LO, so I left a narrow border at the top left of the LO and added my journalling with white pen around the edge of the page.

I have two more large photo Disney LOs to share from this kit (both started on New Years Day) and then it’s about done and I’ll be ready for February’s Counterfeit kit.  Have you seen the sneak peaks on the Facebook page?  It looks like it’s going to be a pretty one next month.


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.





Painting with Jellie Bee


Morgan, aka Jellie Bee, is Strawberry’s favourite artist so she jumped at the chance of a watercolour class with her.

We set off super early because I was worried about traffic on the M6. We arrived in Lytham St Anne’s in plenty of time and easily found R Tilly’s where the class was to be held. With plenty of time to kill we found the Quirky Tea Rooms for a second breakfast of cake.

I decided to use a pocket page for the photos of the tea room. And with no people it fits The Studio Challenge to create a page with no people. Apologies for the glare on the photo.

Strawberry had a great time drawing and painting Amethyst from Steven Universe with Jellie. Everyone else had cancelled so she had a one to one session with her.  I used the latest Stuck?! sketch to scrap the photo of Jellie and Strawberry.  You can’t see her bow very well but it is a large aqua polka dot like the main pattern on the page.

The plain white card stock looked too bare, so Strawberry mixed some ink and water colour paint to the right colour and I added it behind the photo – including some extra splatters for good measure.

After the lesson it was time for afternoon tea at Alice’s Tea Rooms. Those photos will be the other side of the pocket page – once I’ve remembered where I put my Alice themed cards………….



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…….

Living the Dream


An all expenses paid trip to Cyprus.  A room with a balcony and a sea view.  Breakfast on the terrace by the pool.  It sounds like the good life but this was a work trip and I had no-one to enjoy it with. And to make things worse I had to fly out on Mothers Day.  A day when I should have been with family and I was alone in paradise.

A photo taken from my hotel balcony and Challenge 1 spurred me to use the last of my May Counterfeit kit. However, The Grandma pointed out that Limassol is in Cyprus and not Corfu.  Yes I got the place wrong and I had to find a way to cover it up.  I decided on wash tape, which i then put in one or two others places on the page and then added enamel triangles to turn my mistake into a feature.

I considered adding splatters but decided I liked the clean look and I didn’t want to risk spoiling it.  But I think splatters worked well on my page using Creative Scrappers sketch.

I thought I could use some of the Project Life cards left from my kit and the bright alphas as the background, but things didn’t quite work out that way.  The 4 X 4 cards from Shimelle’s True Stories shad the perfect wording and the alphas turned out to be far too busy for the background.  After a bit of trimming and splattering onto white card stock my page tuned out well in the end.  I might go back and add some stitching to the trip at the top of the page once I have made room to get my sewing machine out.

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’.