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Bloggers the Fifth, Pass the Page Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to this years pass the page blog hop.  Pass the Page has become a bit of a tradition since our first Bloggers weekend away 6(?) years ago.  It’s Chinese Whispers for Scrapbookers.  Each person in the line receives a photo of a scrapbook page, takes whatever inspiration they wish and then sends a photo of their page to the next person in line.  The evolution as the page passes from scrapper to scrapper can be quite amazing.

This year I started with a spot of inspiration from a previous Bloggers’ weekend.  I was wearing this T-shirt and Lizzie said it would make a good scrapbook page.


Well, Lizzie here you are – from T-shirt to Page:


I wanted to keep the embroidered elements from my T-shirt, so I tried sewing with ribbon around the acetate circles and running stitch on the printed vellum.  Stitching through acetate was quite a challenge, even with holes pre-poked.


There are a few new members this year and a couple of non-bloggers, so some stops you will have two pages.  If you get lost along the way please come back and you can pick up from the list below:

Julie https://jsquaredscrapspot.wordpress.com
Jacky http://scrappyjackylive.blogspot.co.uk
Alison http://alisonslife-in-the-slow-lane.blogspot.co.uk
Jemma http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk
Missus Wookie http://mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.co.uk
Lesley http://ohblogitifyoucantbeatthem.blogspot.co.uk

So now hop on over to Jacky to see where she went from here, I think you’ll be quite surprised………


Killing my June Kit (with a Little Help from a Hitch Hiker’s Guide)


So here we are at the end of June and I’ve just about killed June’s CKC kit.  I must say that it was greatly helped by watching Shimelle’s videos in her Hitch Hikers Guide to Scrapbooking course.  As with all that she does it is truly awesome and available to buy on-line at her blog.

This kit has been very good for scrapping older photos.  This is one from my A-Level Physics class, circa 1982/3.  I took up the one side or the other challenge from CKC with a sketch from (the now closed) Creative Scrappers website, which I used last year.

DSC_0558Then I did another couple of pages for my Eden Project album:


This photo placement is a Shimelle staple and one I have used before.  The next one is something new (or new to me at least) from the Hitch Hiker’s Guide.


I thought the statue was a man until I found something about it on-line.  I think it’s because the dead leaves cover the form of her body and we visited at the end of October, so her usually lush hair had died back to a few whispy strands.

Finally we come right back up to date with a photo from Puddle Duck’s Confirmation at the start of June.


As soon as I saw the ‘My Name Is’ die cut I knew I wanted to use it on a page about how she chose her confirmation saint. It was so funny when she was told that she was supposed to live her life true to her Saint. ‘But I don’t want to join the French Army and fight England.” she said.

I had to pull in a few extra background sheets, since I didn’t have enough in the kit I made up, but it means more photos scrapped and more stashed used up, so it’s all good.

I do have one more page to share from this kit, but that will have to wait, because it is my Guest Designer page for Amanda’s scrap lift challenge.  June has been an uber busy month, so I will be back soon with my Project Life Light pages for May and June.  Now where did I leave that glue stick?……..

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.

Tell me the Dreams that Surround You


DSC_0680I’ve got an ear worm (or at least I think that’s what they’re called).  Ever since I started thinking of the journalling for today’s page I can’t get this song out of my head:

Where do you go to my lovely.
When you’re alone in your bed?
Tell me the dreams that surround you,
I want to look inside your head.

It all started over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.  There’s a different tack this month. Instead of a kit to copy they have picked a CSI (Colour, Story, Inspiration) file to inspire a kit:

DSC_0677You may already be aware that I have limited access to my stash, but I did have enough to be able to pull together a page kit with some Dear Lizzie Neapolitan papers and stickers and a couple of Studio Calico 6 X 6 pads – Take Note and Darling Dear; wood veneer shapes and green buttons. I had a photo of Puddle Duck, fast asleep in the car after her first big performance on a real stage, in front of a  a proper fee paying audience, rather than the small group of parents she had been used to. So I can journal about sleep and dreams (hence the song).

The ‘evidence’ includes pleats and ruffles, so I thought I’d try a technique from Susan Stringfellow for a pleated border around my page, which I found on the Carta Bella website.

I started with a piece of card stock I knew that I would not be using EVER.  I then cut 1 inch wide strips from my 6 X 6 pads and scraps to match the colour scheme on the mood board.  I took a strip at a time, inked one edge and put double sided tape on the back.  I then applied the strip to the edge of the page, folding and pleating as I went.  I mitred the corners to give a neater finish with less bulk.  Then I trimmed the music paper from the Dear Lizzie Neapolitan paper pad to 10.5 X 10,5 inches, stuck it in the middle and then machine stitched it in place.

Then it all came together using the Scrap 365 sketch:

(Sorry the sketch is so big – WordPress have changed something with inserting URLs for pictures and I can’t control the size any more).

So here’s my page:


I don’t have much in the way of photos from that evening – and it was quite a big night. I think I can perhaps get another page to tell a different part of the story, but until then I have another story told in my album and another technique tried.


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!

Scrapbookers Anonymous February Challenge


As a singleton, February and thoughts of Valentine’s Day fill me with dread – I just do not do all that slushy romantic stuff.  So imagine my horror when I saw the February challenge from Scrapbookers Anonymous – three hearts and stitching?

Well I am pleased to announce that not only did I manage it, but I have two LOs fitting the criteria to share with you today.  If you have arrived here from  Scrapbookers Anonymous, you will have already seen this LO:

There’s plenty of hearts there.  I have to confess to a bit of a cheat with the stitching – that large heart was taken from one of Puddle Duck’s old T-shirts (well nothing was actually said about having to do the stitching yourself LOL!).  I’m a bit disappointed with the inking – I used Tim Holtz distress ink in tattered rose to ink the edge of all the papers and it’s barely visible.  If anyone has any ideas please let me know.

The inspiration for the photos came from this post by SJ Dowsett.  Puddle Duck has learned the ‘whatever’ and ‘loser’ signs so, for once, she was happy to pose for these shots.  I think they work quite well as part of the title.

I’m not sure where I want to put the journalling (or even quite what I will write) because I’m not sure whether the LO is finished as it is or whether I want to add more layers.  Glitter Girl has a great tutorial on doing just that – if I give it a whirl I’ll come back and show you how it turned out.

Now I did say that I managed two LOs.  The other one is scraplifted from a LO Shimelle did for Basic Grey at the beginning of the year.  The original has lots of ‘space’ and not too much embellishment.  I still hadn’t started Paul and Kayle’s wedding album so I thought this would make a good first page.

The pages are 9 X 9 so I ended up losing the feeling of space from the original.  I have plenty monochrome papers but when I saw Basic Grey’s Little Black Dress range I just had to have it for this album.  It’s not very often I buy stash that’s not in a sale, but it is for a special project.  I hope they like it.

I was a bit disappointed when I realised that the large word banner had only left two whole circles clear for the hearts – until I realised that the design of the album means that I could allow the third heart to ‘spill’ over the edge.

Here’s a close up of the hearts and stitching – and I did do this one myself on my machine.  I find that paper tends not to run through fast enough, so I end up with very short stitches and perforated paper.  I avoided that this time by ignoring the foot pedal and turning the handle by hand.

The inking worked a little better on this one too – this one is weathered wood.  Maybe I need to get a little more heavy handed.

Winners and Thank-Yous

Now I’ve been a bit lax with my posts I know.  Deb did the draws for the prizes for the Pass the Page blog hop.  Congratulations to Nathalie, Leanne and Alexa.  You can see what they won here.  And thanks again to Deb for being so generous and to all the ladies who played Pass the Page and made it such a success.

More Challenges

Things will probably be a little quiet here for the next week or two.  I very rashly agreed to Puddle Duck having a slumber Party on 11th for her Birthday.  Seven 7 to 8 year old girls for about 18 hours – Gulp!  So I have a lot to sort out.

I am also hosting my very first challenge at Soul Scrappers on 8th Feb.  I’ll be back with a sneak peak then and hope that you’ll show your support and join in.

I’ve not got started on Miss Smith’s sketch class yet, although I have a few ideas buzzing round my head.  The prompts have been great – I just haven’t had time and I don’t think I will have until later in the month.  All the money raised is going to Girl Guiding UK and I think you can still sign up if you’re interested.  It’s well worth the £5 and it is for a good cause..

I’ll be back on 15th for the Scrapbookers Anonymous A – Z Challenge and hopefully normal service will be resumed after that.