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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.


EPCOT – Inspired by a Beautiful World


So July is almost over and I have just about used up my June Counterfeit kit.  I had a lot of frames left so I was delighted to see this sketch at Stuck?!

And I had the perfect photos from our sushi dinner at Tokyo Dining, Epcot last August.  We had a great seat next to the window and watched the fireworks from our table, which provided me with the page title – Sushi & Fireworks.


I had some more photos from the restaurant and fireworks on the walk back through the park, so I made a 12X6 page to go with the one above and included the wrapper from the chopsticks:


And then I did a page featuring Spaceship Earth which will serve as the title page for this section of the album:


I used the last full sheet from my June kit and the rest of the decent sized part sheets.  The stars and flowers are reminders of The Land and Space Mission ride.  That left me with two things left to scrap from our day at Epcot – Puddle Duck meeting Mulan and meeting up with my old school friend and her family.  I decided to use the park map and did a 12X12 and a complementary 6X12 page:


I added a little Mickey sequin to mark the position of the restaurant in Japan and a chipboard arrow from the kit to point from the location in China to the photo of Mulan.  I needed a strip to ground the map and photo, but I had nothing long enough left in my kit, so I cut a strip off the floral paper in my July kit. The space below the photo of us all together is for some more journalling and the cluster of embellishments was pulled together to echo the ones at the top left of the main page. You may notice the Mini and Mickey heads – I cut those using some Minnie Mouse dies bought from The Range.

And this is how they work together in the album:



So that’s June’s kit used up – time to start on July’s and I have just the photos for that bee paper……….


Sketch Crazy June


This month’s challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge is to use the word Wonder in your title – perfect with my counterfeit kit, since one of the chipboard die cuts is ‘The Wonder Years’ in a suitable size.  I picked out a photo of Puddle Duck but then my mojo deserted me and I wasn’t sure where to go from there.  But fear not – Sarah Roulston to the rescue with the June Sketch Crazy Challenge at For the Love of Pretty Paper Group on Face Book.  There are three sketches and I used this one for my Wonder Years layout:

And here’s my page:


But then I decided to go the whole hog and use all three sketches.  Here’s the second one:

I twisted it to accommodate two landscape photos and again used my Counterfeit kit:


I was running out of suitable whole sheets for backgrounds by this stage, but Puddle Duck likes these big spots.  Once I had the photos, papers and embellishments my mojo deserted me again.  I’m still not happy with the title and journalling but I am determined to get pages finished and not have them hanging around.

The third sketch had three photos:

I had three hallowe’en photos from 2012 to scrap and my page came together very quickly – mainly because I only have scraps of hallowe’en papers left.  I only had one piece large enough to mount the photos.  This is the last (or it only?) photo I have of Puddle Duck going trick or treating so I didn’t have any qualms with using up all my trick and treat embellishments.


So that’s sketch crazy June.  Or is it?  Is there another sketch to get my counterfeit kit used up?

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.

A Stamping Rescue Mission


Welcome back to Technique Tuesday and this week I’d like to share a LO rescued from the brink of disaster by a bit of background stamping.

I had a couple of photos ofPuddle Duck taken in the same place in Alice’s Curious Labyrinth at Disneyland Paris – taken almost eight years apart.  I thought May’s sketch at Studio Challenges would be a good place to start, but when I’d finished I just was not happy.


Everything seems too close to the bottom of the page and I think it could have done with smaller photos; but the worst part is the way the journalling just hangs over the edge of the photo, leaving that awkward space to the right of the photos.  If I couldn’t come up with a fix I was seriously considering binning it and printing new (smaller) photos to scrap.  I thought of a line drawn round the edge, but the doily is too close to the edge of the page for that to work.  And then I spotted it sitting on my table; a wooden stamp of a girl’s face (Little Lulu by Paperbagstudios.com) which I bought at Puddle Duck’s insistence and have never used.

I got out my grey Stazon ink and covered the photos and journalling with scrap paper before stamping partial images of the face to fill the gaps.  It was looking better, but inevitably left a gap at the edge of the photo where the subtle change in level prevented the stamp from connecting with the base card.  Could I leave it and pretend it was meant to be like that or was there another way to cover it up?  And then I spotted a glittery black chipboard bracket amongst the pieces I’d pulled out.


It has no relation to the rest of the LO and I would never have thought of using it in this way if I hadn’t had the gap to fill, but I think it works and brings a kind of artsy feel to the LO.  What do you think?  Have you run any rescue missions for your LOs?

I haven’t managed to do any of Jennifer’s challenges for her Refresh Your Craft blog weekend, but she did list using unloved stamps as one of the inspirations in her craft room sort out post.  I need all the inspiration I can get for using my stamps!!  The challenges are open until midnight Saturday 15th if you want to give them a whirl. You can find all the posts here.

Can You See the Birdie?


So, as promised, here’s my first post in the new plan; my first Technique Tuesday.  I said I’d be dusting off unused tools and I’m starting with not one, but two which hadn’t even made it out of the packaging until I made this page!

It all started with a recipe challenge at Soul Scrappers – do something different with twine and include leaves and embossed card stock.  I have a lot of twine and I had a photo and a story I wanted to tell. The story involved my early attempts at photography, so I broke into the Amy Tangerine embroidery stencil I picked up from TKMaxx for a fiver and stitched a camera direct onto the background using bakers twine.

DSC_0643I also added a brad and a vellum frame to the camera.  Thanks to Master Forger Millisa for the idea of stamping onto the frame.

I picked Amy Tangerine papers from the Ready Set Go collection, including a leaf print but I was struggling to work in any of my embossed card stock.  So I decided to use my dry embossing kit for the every first time and I embossed a leaf into the bottom right of the page.  It wasn’t as easy as I imagined.  It’s hard to find the groove in the metal stencil and you can see I nearly went through the card.  If anyone can tell me the best surface to dry emboss on I’ll be grateful and think this post worthwhile.


And so the story –  a school trip to Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust.  I was getting into photography so I took my camera and spent the day snapping away quite happily:  my friends taking a drink break, numerous geese and a brightly coloured mandarin duck spied between some straw coloured reeds. I eagerly awaited the return of my processed prints, but imagine my disappointment.  Mom had decided that colour film was wasted on me and had put B&W film in my camera.  And that brightly coloured duck just blended into the background in black and white.  Some things just have to be seen in colour!


Another memory scrapped for my Childhood Memories Album and two tools used for the first time. That makes me one happy scrapper!

From kit to page – Overnight


I’ve been waiting to get scrapping for so long, I’ve already done 2 pages with my new kit. First is the challenge of threes: 3 patterned papers, 3 embellishments and a three word title:


I used a Shimelle sketch.  I was puzzling over embellishments when Puddle Duck placed the large chipboard star next to the title.  I remembered my new star diecut, shuffled the embellishments from the original sketch and it all fell into place.

The second page is for the CKC challenge 3: ombre.



It didn’t start with that challenge but I realised that I needed something between the photo and the words O Christmas Tree on the pp, because I hadn’t cut it in the right place and had already stuck it down.  I was going to punch small snowflakes from the red rectangles and then scatter them on the page, but I couldn’t find my punch.  I also struggled to find my vellum to take down the pattern behind the title, without obscuring it entirely.  I really must stop and sort out my craft room, but there is so much inspiration about – new photos, new stash and challenges on the net that I have so many ideas for scrapbook pages. I just want to get on with them.


Talking of new stash, I used some new ink to stamp shimmering snowflakes, but they are quite hard to see.  I bought two colours of VersaMark Dazzle watermark stamp pads.  It seems quite sticky and takes a while to dry.  Am I using it as intended or is it meant to be used with embossing powders?  Have you used it?