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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………


Stuck?! on Sketches


You may remember this post in November about our visit to the 1940s tea shop in Stratford.  As we were leaving I stopped to take a photo of the hats and helmets displayed on a coat stand.  On of the staff said we could try them on and Puddle Duck and The Drake posed in tin helmets.

I got a page kit together when i scrapped the other photos, with a union jack in vintage prints to use as the background. Well the kit and photo sat there and were taken upstairs out of the way for Christmas.  I got the packet back down last week – thinking I’d use the same sketch in my 2009 Christmas catch up post.  But somehow it just wasn’t working and everything went back into the packet until I saw this sketch from Stuck?!

Perfect! And this is how it turned out.


Two for Tea


We had a day out in Stratford recently and found a lovely tea shop.  All decked out in 1940s wartime style, with the menu inside a ration book and the waiters and waitresses all in costume. This month’s sketch at Sketchbook 365 has a tag, which made me think of wartime evacuees, so I picked some vintage style papers and got layering.


I had a few photos I wanted to scrap so I took some inspiration from Miss Smith‘s Just One sketch course (flipping a sketch to make a double page) and Julie Kirk (making a double page with different background papers):


And here they are together:


A Tale of Two Sketches


I love a good sketch to get a page done quickly and I have two to show you today.  First is this one from Stuck?!

Just perfect for these photos taken at Puddle Duck’s friend’s birthday party at an outdoor adventure centre.


The birthday girl’s father didn’t take much persuading to join in and try the log bridge.  Puddle Duck was less success and her photos are on a LO on my workdesk – waiting to be stuck down.

The other sketch is this gorgeous one from Blue Fern Studies, which I decided to use for one of the challenges on The Counterfeit Kit Challenge – to take inspiration from a piece of jewellery.

Puddle Duck bought this owl watch pendant at Belbroughton Scarecrow festival last month.


The wings close over the watch face and are opened by squeezing the ears together.  And it inspired me to use photos of Siobhan with the owls at Mary Arden’s Farm in Stratford.


The swirls in the sketch made me think of curls of twine, which is what I did.  I added in a few extras to my Counterfeit kit – some brads, a butterfly, washi tape, a rub on owl and a border sticker from My Mind’s Eye.  It’s very different to my usual scrapping style but I think I like it.

More Photos from Stratford


Puddle Duck is back at school and I have a rare day off work, at home without her.  Which means time for an extra blog post.

The Drake came to stay last weekend and we had an afternoon in Stratford.  We started at Mary Arden’s Farm.  I was impressed by this photo Puddle Duck took in the farmyard.

DSC_1006We were on our way to the falconry display, where Puddle Duck was selected to take part.

DSC_1022Then we tried a spot of archery

DSC_0020Great shot by Puddle Duck – she makes it look like I know what I’m doing!!!

We were intrigued by these curly haired pigs:

DSC_0035I wonder if these are the furry pigs Ruth loves so much.

We had real trouble getting Puddle Duck out of the kitchen.


I had the same problem with her at Hampton Court Palace and Kew Palace the previous weekend.  She seems to be totally fascinated by historical cookery demonstrations.  In the end I left her there and went for a walk in the garden.

DSC_0091Before we left Puddle Duck went into the playground.  Love this wooden pig rocker

DSC_0111As we were leaving I had to take a photo of this fence for the photo scavenger hunt.

DSC_0114Next stop was Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and some more scavenger finds.  This bench is in the lavender maze:

DSC_0146While this has to be one of the finest benches I have ever seen

DSC_0121And finally a musically inspired fence.

DSC_0154What have you found lately?

Photo Scavenger Hunt 2013


Are you taking part in Rinda’s Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt?  I’ve done it for the last two years and had a lot of fun and this year I started early – here is my first set of photos:

1.   Open air market – here’s the one in Stratford-upon-Avon

2.   Theater for performing arts – Royal Shakespeare Company by the River Avon in Stratford.

6.   Someone taking a nap – my little nephew, Cousin Number 2 after The Grandad’s 80th Birthday Party
9.   A photo with something that doesn’t belong – a Tudor maid with a mobile phone

10.  A bench that is outside – Look at this beauty Puddle Duck spotted!

11.  An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc. – an iguana in the Butterfly Farm at Stratford.

12.  A cloud in the shape of something – can you see the jelly baby sleeping in the clouds?

13.  A fence – complete with complimentary shadow

IMAG0573So there’s my first eight.  How are you getting on?