Tuesday, 3 May 2016

~ A Cat'z Tale ~

Good Morning!

This photo has been sat on my computer for a while as I forgot I hadn't blogged it.

It is the final full 12x12 layout I created with the Like For Ever 'Little Things' kit. I cut out the paw prints using my Silhouette Cameo and then back filled them with the red patterned paper. I love this photo of my cat Oscar. He gets himself snuggled up in the smallest of places by my side on the sofa.

I had run out of 'S' letters on the alphabet sheet so had to use a 'Z' instead. I had quite a lot of journaling to write so I split it up in to 2 sections on the right hand side although now it feels a little lopsided to me. I really struggled to use the large die cuts in the ephemera pack but managed to get a few on this page.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

~ Day Trip ~

A couple of weeks ago we had a family outing to Yorkshire Sculpture Park with my fiancés nieces and I took way too many photos. So as I've been embracing the pocket pages over recent weeks I thought I would do it for these photos also.

I used up a lot of the leftovers of my Like For Ever 'Little Things' kit. I now have no full 12x12 papers left just plenty of embellishments.

We had a fantastic sunny day, eating ice cream and walking 5 miles. Happy days!

I am totally in love with the cute little pink letter stickers wish I had about 10 sheets of them. The sticker packs that My Mind's Eye produce for their collections are great. Everything coordinates really well together.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

~ Like For Ever - Sketch Sunday ~

 Hello there, today I'm over on the Like For Ever blog with my interpretation of this weeks Sunday sketch challenge. I had great fun playing with the 'Little Things' kit for this layout.

Now I really struggled with the flamingos and cacti that were in the kit as I didn't have any photos of either of those subjects. We had many discussions around them at the Like For Ever retreat in March so I thought they would be perfect on a layout documenting our wonderful weekend away.

As one of the pillow presents we each made the lovely Christina printed the retreat details on to a journaling card. I trimmed that and used it as part of my journaling along side the cactus and flamingo.

It was great to meet the people I have spent the last year chatting with on the Like For Ever subscribers Facebook group. 

I hope you'll hop along and join us this week and show us your creations.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

~ 9x12 heaven ~

I'm trying really hard to get my Thailand & Laos album finished. I'm finding this size easier to create whilst not feeling quite 100%, especially the pocket pages as I can do bits little and often.

I'm loving how the coordinating pages match and I'm managing to use up lots of my scraps from part used kits. These papers are from the Shimelle 'True Stories' collection and the embellishments are from my stash. I struggled to find papers that worked with the colours in the lit up stupa behind us in the main photo but I'm pleased with the final piece.

These pages are using the Simple Stories 'Life in Color' collection that I picked up from Hey Little Magpie. It has gorgeous bright versatile colours which works for almost any occasion.

I had taken photos of all the courses we ate so the pocket page works perfectly with all the 3x3 squares. I love how the Simple Stories collections have loads of cut apart sheets that can be used easily in pocket pages. I have also used them as my title and journaling block on the 9x12 page.

I'm going to try doing more pocket style pages over this next week as I recover from my virus. So I'm sure there will be many more popping up over the next few weeks.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

~ Bugs in residence ~

My scrapbooking mojo has gone out of the door over the last few days. I've picked up another virus and this time it's knocked me sideways. The head cold is slowly going but the weakness and fatigue is unbelievable. Trying to scrapbook but managing only 45 minutes sessions of very little.

Thankfully I have managed to photograph a few layouts I had completed before getting ill so I will share some of those this week whilst I recuperate.

This super cute layout began life at the Gogogetaway weekend but I didn't get round to finishing it before we left. I had printed this large 6x8 photo of Mr McGregor's Garden at The World of Beatrix Potter and when I saw this gorgeous paper I knew it was perfect. Hey Little Magpie had a whole range of Pebbles 'Spring Fling' Collection in their shop and I couldn't resist those cute bunnies.

Quite a simple layout to put together really just a few layers, 3 main areas of embellishment in a triangle formation and then a few manufacturers strips. The flowers were punched using a Stampin' Up petite petals punch and the Itty bitty flower punch layered up.

Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

~ Stick It Down - April Sketch ~

Welcome to my interpretation for the April Stick It Down sketch blog challenge. To see the sketch I used head on over to the original post on the Stick It Down Blog.

I really struggled with this month's sketch as it was so simple so I had to use my imagination a little more to create a page I was happy with.

I have used the My Mind's Eye 'On trend 2' collection which was in this month's Like For Ever kit. I'm a convert to rub ons! These are the second packet of rub ons that I've had in the last few months and I've loved the effect they give on the background of a page.

This photo is similar to one already in my India album but I wanted to document the reason for stopping at there tea plantations and that we all used the opportunity to take plenty of snaps. I love how the pink and greens in this collection match the colours of outfit in the photo.

Thanks for reading & happy crafting!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

~ Hello Morning ~

Happy Saturday Everyone!

This is the first weekend I've had free for quite a while and it's nice to spend some time at home. I'm taking advantage of my other half training for the Sheffield Half Marathon next weekend by spending the afternoon in my craft room.

This is the first layout I have made using my new Silhouette Cameo. I used it to cut the picture frame background from The Cut Shoppe. To be honest it took me a few attempts with this layout as I struggled with the different patterns and amount of blocks of patterns. But the more I look at the completed page the more I like it. I tried to keep the embellishment quite simple.

The layout was made using the Like For Ever April Kit 'Little Things' which includes loads of MME 'On trend 2'. Can't wait for my next kit to arrive at the end of the month. It seems like I've had this current kit for ages as we received it early at the Like For Ever retreat.

This photo isn't very good quality as it was taken in the dark with my phone. Oscar often comes to wake me up in the morning to tell me he wants his breakfast but on this day my partner had fed him and I had gone to bed after my night shift which Oscar wasn't impressed by so he decided to climb on my head!

Thanks for reading & happy crafting!


Thursday, 31 March 2016

~ Little Miss Sunshine! ~

Good morning readers! This is the final page I created at the Like For Ever Retreat at the beginning of March. As soon as I took these photos of my girl cat 'Millie' I knew what title I wanted to use. She loves to lay in the cat tree in the sunshine.

The fabric chipboard embellishments on this layout have been in my stash for YEARS!! and I am so excited to get them used up on this page. They were from a ScrapaGoGo kit I had a very long time ago. I spritzed the suns with Heidi Swapp Gold Shine mist which the lovely Caroline Steele lent me.

Fingers crossed for some more sunny days as we go in to Spring so I can take lots more bright photos.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 26 March 2016

~ Off the page ~

Hi there, I hope you are embracing the 4 day Easter weekend and managing to get some crafting done or creating memories to scrap. Today I'm on a baking mission ready for work tomorrow, I'll try to photograph and share them tomorrow.

Today I am sharing the 'Off the page' project from Saturday night at GoGoGetaway. It was designed and taught by Esther who is new to the GoGo team.

We decorated a plain back notebook from The Works and made it in to this beautiful useful piece of stationery.

We added white gesso to the cover then Ranger glue and seal covered with white tissue paper. This was then stamped on using stazon and stencilled using distress ink. The book paper was torn and stamped along with the flags. All then layered up and stuck down using the glue and seal product.

I think this is a lovely book which I may try to replicate as Christmas gifts.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 25 March 2016

~ 9x12 Love @ GoGogetaway ~

Welcome back! Today I am sharing a few more of the layouts I created for the 'Be Inspired' Challenges at GoGoGetaway last weekend. These layouts are all 9x12 to fit in to my Thailand and Laos album.

This one was created using one of the colour schemes although I omitted the purple which was also included. This is the absolutely gorgeous 'Hello Sunshine' collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio which I managed to pick up at the Like For Ever Retreat.

It's beautiful bright colours work perfectly for your summer trips or holidays. I love the beautiful aqua colour in this collection and the bike in the wood veneer collection worked perfectly (to be honest I bought them specifically for the bike!).

Next was a 12x12 sketch which I adapted to use on a 9x12 page. I did this layout in the early hours of Sunday morning and must admit it isn't my favourite. Although the more I look at it the more it grows on me.

The last of my challenges is a 9x12 pocket page. The album I bought had a few different types of pocket pages in it so I am determined to add them in to my album. Also after my class last week at the Like For Ever retreat that Jackie taught I really like how they look mixed in to an album.


So this layout documents our Thai cooking class which we did in Chiang Mai. My fiancé isn't very good at cooking but he really enjoyed this. I have used the 'Free Spirit' Cocoa Vanilla Studio Collection to create the small cards to fit the pages plus some extra bits from my stash.

I really like the way this turned out. Just need to do the reverse side of it now.

Thanks for reading!
Pop back at the weekend to see the 'off the page' project from GoGoGetaway.

Happy Crafting!