Monday, 31 January 2011

Fourth Layout of the 50th Year album

I am trying to get into a habit of making the layout for this album at the weekend and posting it on a Monday morning, and so far it seems to have been working! I had planned to scrapbook current things so this is a layout of me with my parents yesterday, when we popped over to see them. Nothing fancy, just as we were when they came outside to wave us off! An impromptu photo that records how we are at the moment. Seeing as dad was so ill last year and we nearly lost him, due to peritonitis after his appendix burst, I think he is looking very well! For this layout, I was also fulfilling a challenge set on Studio Calico especially for CHA weekend, you had to try and emulate one of the designers styles. I decided to go with a style that is alien to me, Celine Navarro has what I would call a "grungy" style with lots of spattered paint and random journaling and mismatched title alpha's etc. In the end I almost lifted this layout, as I felt a little outside my comfort zone, but I like how it looks!
I know it does not look straight but that is my photography and cropping skills or lack of them!! The paint splatters were done by undoing the lid on a Maya mist bottle and shaking the fine tube attached to the lid in a random fashion! Watch the wallpaper! Celine's Inspiration is here. I have entered it in the draw for a $5 SC certificate so that would be nice! More challenge pages tomorrow! TFLx

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Paper Patchwork!

This layout was based on a "not very good" photo that I still wanted to record. When DS2 was little he was a golfer and we struggled to find him left handed kids clubs. I think this is the only picture, but he just so looks the part! I started out with another basic grey background, but this time I pulled out the one that was a series of journaling blocks and that gave me the idea to make the patchwork of paper pieces. Each section I cut and covered with a piece of paper, leaving only one, that I covered in journaling paper,for the journaling about the photo. The centre section was stamped with two background stamps, cane and hounds tooth, before adding the photo. I punched some holes in the cane section using my big bite.
I added some chipboard elements and some hand cut doilies. To make sure the photograph stood out I outlined the centre section with the paper tape, to draw your eye in and then finished the whole layout off with lots of stitching.

I stitched around the page in a spiral then I moved to the centre and stitched around the photo section, all in one run. I love the stitching through chipboard, it is so easy but looks effective. TFLx

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Negative space

I have rediscovered my punches! Not sure whether it is to do with my desk re-organisation or what, but I'm having fun! What intrigues me is not only the punch out, but the negative space in the paper that is left! I noticed this when I was scrapping. I tend to put my SC kit I am working on, into a RUB box as I am working with it. AS I use product I pop it back in the box, it keeps it tidy. I had punched the circle out of the ledger paper and as I tossed it back in the box, it landed so the number shone through the hole! That gave me the inspiration! I rummaged through the box and came up with all the small pieces I had left over, after having worked with this kit on several layouts!

I had bits with 'binding edge' punch on, and 'postage stamp' punches and some where I had hand cut a scallop edge around the pattern on the paper. I tossed them all on to the page literally and looked at how they fell. I arranged them slightly making sure they all overlapped and that there were interesting things showing through the punch outs. When I was happy, I secured each piece with a tiny dot of adhesive from my tape pen. I don't stick them down or when you sew, the needle gets all gunged up with glue. I also like that the edges can be raised to introduce shadows, so after I am done I always flick up all the edges!

The final step was to sew vertical lines of straight stitch up and down the page in a zig zag fashion to randomly secure every piece. I located two pieces of paper with stamp punch outs, one for the title letters and one for the journaling. I like that the punch outs are not regular as I did not anticipate using this so called "waste" of the punching process!
Finally I stitched my photo in place with some hand cut doilies from patterned paper (which I flicked up the edges!). I have created a layout based on one piece of Basic Grey background paper and a lot of waste bits! No extra embellishments required, the detail is all there! It is one of my favourite layouts of the moment!
The photo is DS1 at my SIL's wedding aged 2. The journaling reads " Before we knew you had Dyspraxia, your language was your own, but we knew it!" TFLx
P.S. Alyson (crafting to stay sane) I posted your RAK prize yesterday, enjoy!

Friday, 28 January 2011


I've said it before (yesterday in fact!) and I'll say it again, I wish I had known about scrapping when my children were young! As a stay at home mum, I spent a lot of time with the two boys when they were growing up, but it is not recorded on paper like it would be now and sad to say I have forgotten a lot of it too!
The attitude to pregnancy then, was different too. I spent a lot of time trying to hide myself in various voluminous tents, whereas now it's all on display and obvious! I managed not to get myself on film hardly at all during pregnancy I think there are 3 or maybe 4 photo's. I hated how big I got as others 'bloomed' much more delicately! I ended up wearing all sorts of mis-matched castoffs as clothing too! There was nowhere to buy maternity clothes, now they're everywhere! At the end  of the nine months, I had a pair of dungarees I bought from the new Dorothy Perkins maternity collection, with two different t-shirts and I wore them alternate days.
Here is a rare find, one of those photo's, that I have scrapped! It was in my FIL effects when we cleared his house and I love that MIL's handwriting was on the back so I scanned it and used it for journaling.

This must have been days before giving birth and I was at MIL's house with swollen ankles! DS2 was born on June 13th! Thinking back, DS1 is only 20, but in those days there were not even supermarket trolley's that would take a new baby or indeed a car seat you could take out of the car and in the shop with you. We had to shop as a team, one with the pram and one with a trolley! No online shopping either! When I tell the children this, they just laugh! Then my mum chimes in with how when were little, we just laid on the back seat of a car in a carry cot without any straps!! Or how you could never take the bus as no pram folded up! So I went down memory lane to find a picture of my personal pram when I was a baby! The Osnath
Here is a picture of one I 'Googled!' It may yet appear on a layout of my 50th year! With me in it! LOL! TFLx

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

In no particular order......

Then and now!

Well last year actually but apart from them being on the opposite side of the photo, you get my meaning!!! What happened in between???? Where did those days go?? Feeling old now! Really wish I had been  into scrapping then, that's how come I am scrapping these pics on consecutive days now!! Mind you, would not have had the time then!
Really went to town with my stitching on this second one. Wanted to use the punch outs from the deep circle border punch from EK success. Was loosely following a sketch from the SC blog here. TFLx

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Turquoise and Yellow colour combo!

Another layout from my flurry of creativity last week, "Mint Green," this time a baby photo of DS2 when only a few weeks old. He was wearing one of my favourite romper suits, (showing my age now!) in mint green, with Peter Rabbit on it. Another layout using my Metropolitan kit and this time I misted the background using Mister Huey's white mist, but used a piece of paper I had punched the scallop circles for the embellishments out of, as a mask. I then highlighted the edges of these using my paper piercing tool. I doodled on the title letters to make them stand out more. I am still enjoying this turquoise and yellow colour combo!
Talking of colour combo's, if you are ever stuck for an idea of what colours to put together, why not try this color combo generator? It is officially for choosing website colours, but hey! why not? Click the random combo button top right until you find a scheme you like.TFLx Combo

Monday, 24 January 2011

RAK Winner!

Random.Org just chose number two! So Alyson (Crafting to stay sane!) please drop me a line with your address and I will get the re-purposed mini album kit in the post! Thanks for joining in! CCx

Third layout of the 50th Year Album

This layout is about hubby and I, using a photograph from last September. I wanted to say how long we have been together and the page has a large folder pocket containing photographs from our early days of going out together.
Each photo is mounted on card stock and I added a trimmed top edge using the Sassafras stickers from Indie Girl, so there was something to show they were there. The Studio Calico wood Veneer ring with the Cosmo Cricket hand cut love birds from their Togetherness line, gave me the idea for the title. Martha Stewart's Hydrangea punch with Prima E line pearls as centres gives it more dimension. The Baker's Twine makes it look like the circle is hanging in mid air. The baby birds at the top signify the children. TFLx

Sunday, 23 January 2011

For 55 Years....

(last December) Mum and Dad have been married. A layout for a challenge over on the SC blog, to use fabric. I used one of my handmade pleated fabric ruffles from this tutorial here, to edge the MM envelope flap. I made my embellishments for the 55, by hand using punches and foam pads to give them depth.
Various sizes of Woodware circle punches and a flower punch. Each layer edges with an ink pad for definition. The title cards are from a vintage set of Kan-u-go cards from a charity shop. The 'Ensemble' is stamped from a set I bought in Paris using Jenni Bowlin inks in Brown Sugar and also Malted Milk. I stamped a doily lace stamp in Malted milk on the background card stock here and there to give a watermark effect by using tone on tone.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Tomato Soup can be tricky!

Another favourite photo here, of DS2 trying to feed himself soup! I was trying to make myself leave more 'whitespace' here. I am not very good at it! Also, it goes against my tidy mind to not finish the chipboard and not cut off the threads on the sewing and use some border punch that is not perfect! I hand cut the title letters from the 7Gypsies paper I had left from the other layout and then did the rest of the journaling with mini stickers.
The paper tape is thin so I stuck it to some background paper before putting it through my border punch. Because it is semi-transparent it gives a nice effect. I used the large circle border punch to echo the dotted coredinations card stock and the punch outs from the patterned paper infilled the chipboard trim perfectly. TFLx

Friday, 21 January 2011

Post number 950!

Well I did say I was getting close, hence the mini kit giveaway below, (don't forget to enter!) I obviously have blabbered a lot over the years!
Here is a layout of a difficult topic, entitled "Remember still proud of you every day" I know you may not believe it, but I took a photograph after FIL's funeral, of all the grandson's together, not a common event as two of the boys live in Germany. I wanted to record their ages at the time of his passing. My two are the eldest, so they will remember him, but the others may find it more difficult.
I started with the dark grey card and lightened it by using Mister Huey's mist in white sprayed over some butterfly chipboard as a mask. I wanted to infer that he was no longer with us.
I then decided to stamp with the same Mister Huey's mist by spraying it on a craft sheet and then dipping the clear stamp in the paint. Get several stampings from one inking up so you vary the tone of the paint. It is more successful than using white ink! The clock was to symbolise the time passing, when they must remember him and also the weekday scribbles, which also frame the layout on one side. I wanted my journaling to be there but not obvious, so I journaled around the outline of the butterfly shapes. The 7Gypsies paper with places on was to show that we are all spread out in far flung places.
The dimensional trimmings were made using my circle punches, (to echo the circular clock and the letter "o" in London on the patterned paper), in various sizes and although I punched out circles from printed circle paper giving a fine cream border, you could use any patterned papers for the same effect and ink the edges.
So, there you have it, another sneak peek into how I went about making this layout, recording this photograph, of a difficult subject, but I am sure we will be pleased to look back and "Remember Grandad." TFLx

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Two for the price of one!

Two layouts in one post! I am so inspired at the moment I decided to post two today! Another photo from last summer, of DS2's prom on the last day of school. He is in sixth form now, but they like to think they have finished with "school" proper and are more grown up!

This one is DS2 and one of his cousins at our celebration bbq last summer, where we had the family over for a post birthday party for his 16th! I had not realised they had so much of a look of each other until I saw this photo! I am enjoying rediscovering my punches now I have them out on my desk. The EK Success Large circle border punch is a fave at the moment, I tried using it just once rather than the whole edge and backing it with a contrast paper. I love the circles it punches out as waste too, so I stitched them on the left hand side of the layout for a tone on tone subtle look. The bubbles border punch echos the circle theme as does the envelope flap with a stamp edge perforation. It helps to bring together the polka dot background with the loops on the scribbled words too! More layouts tomorrow! TFLx

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

This week, was the longest week......

....of your life! Another layout I made last Saturday using photo's from DS2's GCSE exam results day last August. The basis for the layout was a KI memories calendar page from my SC Metropolitan kit that is stitched around the edge already. I added things to the blank squares, first by punching squares out of patterned paper using my Woodware blue punch and then stamping in others using a small SC frame stamp. I added another faq stamp to some squares too. The "August" month stamp is from SC and it is perfect for this page. Not much else needed adding! Weekdays Black Scribbles (KI Memories) for the "this week" and an 'Entwined Bloom Turkish Turquoise' (Sassafras) plus some journaling and a ticket and some tiny metal flowers. Really like this page, my scrapping has moved up a notch with this kit. I was not sure about turquoise and yellow and now I am loving it! Did not realise how much!
The Jenni Bowlin butterfly was a reference to the fact that he too will soon be flying away, just like his brother in this layout - still one of my favourites! And the second highest viewing rating, 252, in my gallery over on UKs! ( I hope, for all the right reasons!)
I have made a few more layouts with this kit yesterday, so watch this space! Don't forget to enter the RAK in the post below too! TFLx

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

You just can't keep.....

....every envelope, paper bag, chocolate box, perfume box, clothing label, file folder, paper carrier bag, old book, old diary cover, etc, etc, etc! I have tried, believe you me!!! My 12 x 12 bag of tags does not bear testimony to how many clothes I own (I hope) but just how family and friends now know not to throw anything away without asking me first!! Lol! 
As you can see from my recent posts, I just love making use of 'repurposed items' in my mini albums, but I am collecting faster than I am using! So if you, like me, would like to make a mini album like my December Daily, from some of these things, please leave a comment below saying whether you like making mini albums or large layouts best and I will send a 're purposed mini album kit' to one person, with some vintage playing cards and book pages too. Maybe this way I can make a little more room in my craft space! This way I can celebrate my +955 post on this blog and my +60,500 viewings in one fell swoop! Also I missed my 3rd blogaversary on December 13th! So if you would like to be considered for my giveaway, feel free to post a comment below.
Me thinks maybe there are not many people who like to make album's like this? Who could collect their own rubbish recycled envelopes, paper bags etc without adding mine! But then again, maybe I am not alone! (Please tell me I am not alone!!) I will draw a name next Monday. TFLx

Monday, 17 January 2011

A rush of blood!

That scrap room cleansing I did the other day must have given my mojo a boost, as I have done three layouts last Saturday (or was it four?) using my Studio Calico Metropolitan kit! I had completed my 5oth year page the day before and was in the mood to scrap, because the boys were out at Elland Road at the football or at work, so I had a day to myself! (Leeds Utd beat local team Scunthorpe United four nil by the way!! We are having a good season!) Anyway, I dug out my box of photo's waiting to be scrapped and the top three or four were from last June! DS2's 16th birthday and his prom and his GCSE results etc. The colours were perfect, so I got cracking! I will share them over the next few days. here is layout one "The world is your Oyster" using the exclusive SC stamp of the world this month, as a picture in the title. I also used tiny type for a title! Unusual, but I thought I would give it a go! If you read the "Enjoy today" as the tile it would not matter. Used my Fiskars label stamp and punched some labels from a 7Gypsies journaling card. Like how the 7Gypsies paper with the places makes you think of New York although it only actually says York, not far from me here! The star stick pin and York links to how he may end up being a star in his chosen dance career! Subtle, but why I wrote "Stardom Beckons" on one of the tags.
You may think it is all accidental but actually it is all planned! Lol!  I could not cut Barney off the picture, I think in years to come, to realise he was still here on your 16th birthday will be something to talk about! The subtle tone on tone days of the week stamps across the top, were added because I just felt it lacked something there but did not want to do anything major. I thought about stamping in Versamark as a watermark stamp, but then used a new Jenni Bowlin ink instead in pale blue. Days of the week stamps are SC too! (No connection, just a happy customer!)
Pop back tomorrow if you want to see the next one. TFLx
P.S. Up early as washing machine repair man due "anytime between 8am and 6pm" Great! Not happy as washer is less than a year old and DS1 arrived home from Uni with all his washing on Saturday when machine broke on Friday night! Love it! NOT!

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Second Layout of the 50th Year album

I am managing to keep up, so far! (Early Days yet!) I am persevering with my Photoshop Elements and made this digital collage print for this page. I was wondering who famous shared this birth year with me and also, what happened in 1961 as well as my birth! So I Googled a few dates and managed to come up with a list including an event for every month of that year. I then Googled a few of the items as interesting images along with a french road sign that says "Rappel 50" which means Remember 50! which I thought was appropriate. I made a collage of the photo's on Photoshop Elements on a background paper and then printed it off with a white border. I treated this collage as my photo and carried on the layout from there. I misted the vanilla background card stock using a stencil from some Heidi Swapp chipboard shapes over half the page and used a Mister Huey's Classic Calico and then over sprayed with the white! I love the white! So I misted a Maya Road Kraft envelope for the sheet of dates to be kept in, by masking off the flap only and misting it white. Other things I added included a vintage playing card from FIL's house of a bubble car and a sixties girl. TFLx 

Saturday, 15 January 2011


How many times do we try to reorganise our craft spaces to make them more user friendly?? Since having to find room for a single bed again in the craft room, I have found my space a little cramped, so I have been refining my storage and purging my stash!! To be honest, I was a little embarrassed with how many untouched SC kits I had from last year, due to many events that took over my time. But New Year means New Start, so I thought I would refine my paper storage and start from there. The first thing I did was disband any remnants of older kits into supplies various. This freed up a few extra crop bags. Then I purged my papers, ruthlessly! (Now for sale on UKs) I kept a crop bag for a few of my favourite makes, like SC, Cosmo, October Afternoon, Graphic 45, 7 Gypsies etc then a crop bag with a  mixture of papers that I just liked. All my Christmas items went into a RUB box and I purged a lot of the older ones of these too.
I moved all my scraps of paper, which I colour coded last year, into a file folder to the left of my desk for easy access and I am already finding this working for me!

I switched my desk layout too. I used to have my bookcase to the left of my desk and slightly forward, within easy reach. Now it is right next to me and slightly backwards, so access is no longer that easy! I decided to make sure, all items I used the most frequently should be on the desk! I moved my drawers filled with inks and stamps to directly in front of me. There was a time when I did not stamp, but now I do and I edge with ink and I distress with ink so that has to be accessible. The new Jenni Bowlin inks have also made my stamping improve 100% which helps!

My SC stamps are now so numerous that I have my file folder, plus a perfume box just for alphabets and numbers and another for larger sets of scrolls etc. The SC file is on the desk but the boxes are on the bookshelf.
I need my punches more accessible too. I made a box of my "go to" punches to keep handy and the rest are on the book shelf (Like the nesting circle, squares and scallops.)

Using some wooden trays collected from whisky miniature sets (hubby's not mine!) I have made some trays of "current embellishments" One has the embellishments that came with the kit I am using at the moment (back 40) one has an alpha set I like tipped out into it for easy searching, and one has some travel elements in it, I was using recently for my Florida album. I then made a smaller wooden tray for my adhesives, DST, 'this to that tape', Tim Holtz mini stapler and 3D foam pads. The rest of my adhesives have been relegated to the book shelf. (Apart from a syringe of silicone glue that sits upright in one of my pen pots!)
 The only other thing I have out is my Big Bite. I had put it on the bookshelf, but spent all my time turning round to reach it, so it is back on the desk! So far, so good. It is working for me! Still a little cramped but working better. Long may it continue! As you can see, Barney has taken over the craft room single bed as his own!! He was supposed to be on his rug of course! Lol! He has had a difficult week with another blood test at the vet yesterday, we await the results next week. Apparently his white blood cell count is very low :(
A few random craft room pics here to conclude my organisation feature! TFLx

 Clear stamp file and pen pots with my new fave too a brayer for pressing things down!
 Three tier wire basket for Ribbon reels, string and various paper tapes.
 Wine box full of Paint dabbers,  Maya Mists and my new Favourite SC Mister Hueys!
Wine box with my alphabet and sticker storage.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Can you believe it???? Domestic Goddess!

Yet another, unfinished symphony!! When we were clearing FIL's bungalow after his death last summer. I put aside a bag of recipes that had been discarded, hand written on scraps of paper, by MIL (she died in 2003.) There were only a few, but it was nice to see her handwriting again and I liked the way they all linked to people she knew (some of which I knew too!) There were quite a few she had got from my mum too! I decided to mount them in a mini album I made a while ago from recycled items and I love how it turned out.

I love the two recipes written on the back of the Child Benefit letter for hubby from 1981, saying it was coming to an end!! Lol! These are just some of the pages. There are recipes under flaps and in pockets. Most of the papers are Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess papers. TFLx