Sunday, February 28, 2010

Class Layout

I was asked a while ago if I would mind putting together a class for a group of scrappers over on UKS who are holding their own little cyber crop. I was flattered that I was asked and eventually managed to put this layout together for them, I hope they like it!
I had been eyeing up these Pink Pailsee Cupid papers for months over at Sarahs Cards and when they finally came in I had to buy them. They were perfect to use with this photo of Justin and I, romantic without being too lovey!!

How to -
1. Ink the edges of the die cut paper and stick it onto the kraft.
2. Create two strips of paper with different edges, I have torn both edges of one and used my martha stewart scallop punch on the other.
3. Cut out a rectangle of patterned paper, distress and ink the edges. Stick this towards the bottom of your page.
4. Layer the two strips of paper over the left hand side of your rectangle, don't put adhesive right to the edge. I do this for two reasons, I like to make the edges stand up a bit more and often rough them up after I have stuck them down also it enables you to push other bits of paper underneath later.
5. Double matt your photo, distress the edge of the smaller matt and ink the edges of the larger.
6. Cut out a selection of the journaling cards and use some of the push outs and add them onto your page. I have scrunched up the postcard on the right of the photo and secured it onto the page using my usual herma and a little bit of silicone glue under the wrinkle. I have added one inbetween the two photo matts.
7. Secure your photo onto your layout.
8. Add your prima swirls, journaling and title.
I hope you enjoy doing this class and I would love to see the finished pages.
Thanks for popping by xx

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Now I Am 12

I seem to be all over the place with my scrapping at the moment, one minute I am loving bright modern layouts and then next I go for vintage, shabby pages. I guess variety is the spice of life so they say!
I love this photo of my Grandma taken when she was 12, we have a few of her taken during this photo shoot and they are just lovely. My martha stewart butterfly punch wasn't quite right for this page but I found a butterfly stamp unopened in my drawer which was perfect. I stamped the image twice, inked the edges and layed them using pinflair gel. I had wanted to use some prima flowers as embellishments but they aren't something that I use very often so I didn't have many to choose from. Instead I decided to try and use what I had, I think it works ok.

I am off to the Sarahs Cards retreat next weekend to teach so I thought I had better start packing my tote but I got sidetracked! My embellishment drawers were in such a mess I just had to sort them out. I did find a few things that I had totally forgotten I had so it was worth the effort.


It looks all neat and tidy now but not sure how long it will last!
Thanks for popping over.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Its a dogs life!

I don't seem to scrap photos that don't contain people and have never done any pages featuring our dog, Archie, until now! I love this photo of him that a friend took when she came to do our family photo shoot.
I used My Little Shoebox Who Loves You papers, they have some great images that can be cut out and as always with MLS their scalloped papers are just gorgeous. Most of the embellishments were made using punches including my favourite the classic butterfly!
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

School trip

Rebecca went on a school trip today to the Houses of Parliment, we had to get her up to school for 6.30 this morning which meant we were up way too early!
She has not long been home and has had a wonderful day, they got to sit in on a debate in both the house of commons and the house of lords. They also got to to into Westminster Hall which was apparantly very cold, big and dark. I sent her armed with a camera and she took these lovely photos.
At the doors to Westminster Hall

Self portrait.

She is really pleased with this photo of the London Eye, I have to agree she has taken a cracking shot!

Trafalgar Square


Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Saturday was quite a momentous day in Emilys life, she brought home her first wage packet! She has just started to clean a little holiday cottage on a Saturday, she was extremely pleased with what she earnt and I am sure she has spent it all in her head already!

My lovely husband bought me this very yummy treat on Tuesday for when I finished work.

I started this page on Sunday, I really fancied doing a vintage style page again. I choose an old photo of my Grandma age 12 and the papers I wanted to use and got the torn paper and lace put together and then got scrappers block! After hours of deliberation I have finally got it finished today, I was thinking of packing it away and waiting until I could buy some prima flowers but then decided that I should try and use the stash I had. I am reasonably happy with the result but prima flowers are definitley on the shopping list!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Second Time Around

I started this layout months ago and got so stuck with it that I packed it all away, I decided that today I would give it another go. My original idea was very different from how the finished page actually turned out, I started with a photo of Emily as a baby on her first trip to the swimming pool but changed it when the page was almost done! They do say it is a womans right to change her mind. I know I have scrapped this photo before but I love it so much, I am sure I will be scapping it again too!
I am really enjoying using Rebecca's sewing machine onmy pages, at the DT retreat I went to in November Sarah gave me a little lesson on using the machine, my skills are still very basic but I did manage to change the spool today so I am progressing.
I had a bit of a disaster last week with some silicone glue, I have been using silicone for ages and never had any problems but I started a new tube and found that it seemed to soak through the paper and leave a greasy stain. It seems that a few people have experienced the same thing as a thread was started on UKS, someone recommended pinflair gel. I have bought some to give it a go and absolutley love it, you squeeze it into a syringe so it is really easy to use on small areas.
I know I use this Martha Stewart butterfly punch on nearly all of my pages but I just love it.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Just Me.

Not my usual subject matter! When I went to the GoGo retreat in October I had a photoshoot with Cheryl Johnson and I was really quiet pleased with the results (I think photoshop has got a lot to do with that!!!)
If you don't mind your embellishments not being acid free there are so many things that you can use on your pages. I trawled ebay and found some great vintage pieces, on this page I have used a hatpin and a gold locket I also used an old sewing pattern to make the flower. Check out the tutorial here on the Lets Get Shabby blog.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sketch Challenge

It was my turn this month to design the sketch for the sketch challenge over on Sarahs Cards, I thought it would be a good opportunity to use up some of the MME Be Loved papers that I accidently ordered twice!!

This was one of the photos that we had taken in December, I did warn you I would be scrapping them all for a while! I decided to create a layout with some hidden journaling where Rebecca could answer some questions. I try and do one of these sorts of layouts for the girls about once a year to capture things like their ambition, biggest wish etc it also preserves their handwriting for them to see in the future.
I have had this sheet of flocked bazzill since Ally Pally last April and finally used it! I really like the effect and it makes the page really tactile. Think I might have to get some more.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tool Caddy Make Over

For ages now I have been meaning to do something with the old chocolate tube that is home to lots of my scrapping tools. I finally got around to doing it the other day! I kept it very simple as I am sure it will get battered around a bit. I covered the whole tube with patterned paper and then created a band to go around the middle using one of my favourite MS punches to create the scalloped edge. My absolute favourite punch had to be used as well so I added a few butterflies just to pretty it up a bit.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

On Top Of The World

When I was little we used to have a lovely blue and red climbing frame in our garden, we had hours of fun on it not just for climbing on but also creating dens. We used to push planks of wood across the top rungs and then cover the top with blankets and tie them on with rope. I have got very fond memories of that climbing frame and when I found this photo of my brother and I standing on top of it with our cousin I wanted to create a page to tell its story. I have added my jounaling onto the card in the envelope but I did that after the photo was taken!
Some of the papers and embellishments I used were from an Austrailian kit called "what is old is new". I found this kit on an Austrailain blog called Lets get Shabby, there are some wonderful layouts and projects on there, if you like more the more vintage style scrapping it is definitley worth a look.


Friday, February 12, 2010


I thought as I showed you a layout of my Grandma yesterday I would show you a layout of my Grandpa today! He was born in Winnipeg, Canada and this photo was taken there and made into a postcard which his Dad then sent to his brother. I love his photo of him, he looks such a serious little chap but the writing on the back of the original postcard tells a different story and says he is quite a handful! I have used some websters pages and making memories papers for this layout with lots of tearing, disressing. I stained the lace with strong black coffee.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Little Miss Jones

I have always had a love of history and have spent hours researching our family tree which has been so interesting and rewarding. I have gained lots of photos from family members during my research and some of them just had to be scanned and scraped. This photo is of my Grandma and it has to be one of my favourites, she was such a wonderful lady, the perfect Grandma! The photo was taken in 1911 when she was 3 years old.
I had great fun putting this page together with lots of inking, distressing, tearing and painting, I also got to use some rubons that I bought when I first started scrapping, I knew I bought them for a reason. The thickers that I used are my current favourite they are just gorgeous, AC Salutations, Sarah has them all here.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Favourite So Far!

I haven't made any cards for a while after my initial obsession but this was the last one that I made and have to say it is my favourite so far!


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Not Sure.

Do you ever create a page and when you are finished step back and think your really not sure about it? This is one of those pages!! It was for a specific project and I was so unsure that I ended up doing a totally different layout.
I used lots of the January GoGo kit which was perfect colour wise for this photo of Emily, I also finally used my Prima Felt Gate which I had been saving for months (in truth I hadn't really known what to do with it until now!!)


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Little Peek

I thought I would show you a little sneak peek of Sarah's Cards March kit, the papers are really bold and bright but they are so versatile I have really enjoyed using them.