Thursday, 11 February 2016

~ Getting to grips with 'Smitten' ~

I have absolutely loads of photos that are waiting to be scrapped, sometimes I feel like I'm drowning under them. Well I've taken a stand. I always feel inspired to scrap my most recent photos but am on a mission to also get down the pile of pics from the last couple of years. I usually print loads of photos and then sift through hundreds of photos to find inspiration but I'm going to tackle it from a different angle. So apart from my holiday photos I plan to print as I scrap using my Selphy or print one or two photos which I know I specifically want to scrap to tell a story.

Starting as I mean to go on. Here is a photo from last December and there is a great story behind the photo. We went Christmas shopping to Lincoln and managed to spend a long time sat in their café nero/Waterstones. It was brilliant to be able to sit with a Winter berry mocha and peruse the literature. I found the fantastic Mary Berry Christmas cookbook which I used to cook my first Christmas dinner. I think all bookshops should have a café inside them!

Again I've managed to use my February Like For Ever Kit with a few added extras from  my stash. I've used my usual layered style here with a few splatters of Heidi Shine mist.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

~ Steaming ahead! ~

I didn't realise I hadn't already blogged this layout. I'm going to aim to blog at least every Tuesday so I've got an achievable goal (although I hope it will be much more frequently than that in reality). I've got a busy few months ahead that include two fun filled scrapbooking retreats, which I can't wait for. It will be great to finally meet the ladies from the Like For Ever subscribers Facebook group.

I think its amazing how peoples' pages can look so different even though they may have the same/ similar photos. I scrapped this photo of my mum and I in Leeds having a cheeky cocktail. She has also scrapped this photo using different paper and it turned out completely differently.

This was the first layout I created with the January Like For Ever kit. I used gelatos to add a splash of colour to the black heart background. I really should play around with them a bit more but I hate waiting for things to dry! Maybe I should have 2 layouts on the go and switch between them

The cocktail was called Mad Hatter's Tea Party and was alcohol warmed and infused with fruit and mint, then mixed with dry ice and served in tea cups. It was a little bit of fun, although rather expensive! If you are ever in Leeds I can recommend a visit to The Alchemist for their speciality cocktails.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 8 February 2016

~ Playing with hearts ~

Hello Monday, today I have had a whole day to myself with no fixed plans (I have ignored the housework that needs doing!). After tidying my craft room a few days ago I was inspired to try and create more often and tidy up afterwards.

So today I have had a whole day of crafting which I will share with you over the next week or so. I have even had a go at creating a few process videos. I will upload links once they are edited.

Every Monday over on there is a new weekly challenge. This weeks challenge was to use hearts on a layout, find the post here. I use hearts quite often on my layouts to embellish pages which feature my family, fiancé and my love of all things food related.

I printed these photos on my Selphy and then matted them side by side similar to how Shimelle often does with her 6x4s. These photos were taken on a spa day at Thoresby Hall last year with my mum.

This layout using February's Like For Ever Kit 'Smitten'. It contains a mix of Crate Paper 'Hello Love' and WRMK 'Crush' collections. I love some of the papers but the embellishments are a little too romantic for most of my layouts. Maybe I will make an extra effort on Valentine's Day in order to get some appropriate photos. 

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 5 February 2016

~ Stick It Down - February Sketch ~

Happy Friday, here is my design team entry for this month's sketch challenge over on the Stick It Down Blog. I actually found this month's sketch really challenging to use but I'm really pleased with my finished page.

I dipped in to my mountain of stash and used up a few old stickers to embellish the layout along with a few new bits from my Like For Ever kit. I'm not usually one to use pastel colours but think they really work with the pink and white marshmallows on the hot chocolate. I am a sucker for a good hot chocolate.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

~ Selfie alert! ~

So today I played along with the challenge over on This week she announced a new weekly challenge and design team. So I'm going to join in with the challenge each week. 

I have had this title for a while now. It was a plain chipboard word that my mum gave to me. She had it in a kit that she bought and knew she wouldn't use it. I applied gesso and then spritzed it with teal and silver Heidi Swapp Shine mist. It looks dull in the photo but is shimmery in real life.

I have used the January Like For Ever Kit 'Twenty Sixteen' for this layout. I love the papers but have really struggled to use the together. Lots of white and lots of bold patterns. I'm hoping to get a few more layouts out of the kit. I have managed to do about 10 previously just adding a few sheets of plain cardstock.

This photo was taken in August last year when Birmingham held 'The Big Hoot'. This photo is of the Owl sponsored by the Selfridges department store with the iconic Selfridges store in the  background so the title is multi faceted.

Happy Crafting!  

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

~ Missing: January! Have you seen it? ~

Ok, so who stole January?!?!

To be fair I was out of the country for 18 days of January but it certainly has gone way too fast. With it being Christmas just before I went away I didn't get chance to schedule any posts while I was away so it has been pretty quiet on the blog.

My trip to Thailand and Laos is giving me the opportunity to scrap in a different size. I've never scrapped anything other than squares (4x4, 8x8, 12x12) so when I had the opportunity to purchase a 9x12 inch scrapbook through Like For Ever I jumped at the chance. Starting out I felt pretty anxious about how it was going to work with a different ratio of paper. I asked the girls over on the Like For Ever kit subscribers Facebook group for some tips.

So here are my first two layouts for my trip scrapbook.

For this layout I have used some Basic Grey patterned papers that I bought in the sale over on Hey Little Magpie. I must say I'm gutted to learn that Basic Grey will no longer be producing scrapbooking collections. They were the company that really started my love of scrapbooking. I cut out part of the labels patterned paper to add a focal point the layout.

The photo shows our first glimpse of Laos, across the Mekong River from Thailand. I'm not really sure what size photos to use on the 9x12 papers but this 3x4 seems to work ok.

I absolutely love this layout! I used a Pagemaps sketch which was sent with the January Like For Ever kit. I used a tip from Nicola (the owner of Like For Ever) as she uses quite a lot of white space on her smaller layouts. I do love the clean crisp effect that it gives. All the elements seem to bounce off the page.

The letters are DIY thickers and I used Heidi Shine mist in teal to colour the bottom half. The wooden words are from a Heidi Swapp collection I bought in the sale over at Hey Little Magpie.

I'm off to organise the printing of some of my holiday photos so I can get lots of pages made over the next few weeks.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

~ January Sketch - Stick It Down DT ~

I know we have headed away from Christmas and are firmly in 2016 but I couldn't help using this sketch challenge to create this cute page of my cat Millie in her Christmas Collar.

Head over to the Stick It Down blog to join in with us this month and to see everyone else's fab interpretations.

We've had shocking weather here in the UK over the last few weeks so I apologise for the dark photo.

Here's hoping 2016 brings you everything you've wished for!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 1 January 2016

~ Happy New Year! ~

So as we head in to another year, what are your thoughts and plans for the year ahead?

I don't generally make New Years resolutions as they don't tend to last. I work in an area of nursing where most of my patients are unlikely to see in another new year so I try very much to live in the now, don't dwell on the past or look too far in to the future.

I suppose I have a few hopes and plans for the upcoming year but not really resolutions as such.
  • I aim to stay well and hopefully become a little fitter
  • Become more creative, trying new techniques and taking on new challenges
  • Visit as many places as possible
  • Enjoy celebrating the Girlguiding UK Senior Section Centenary
  • Teach my fiancé to cook
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

~ Fabulously Festive ~

I have had a fantastic Christmas period and only had to do a couple of shifts at work. As it was our first proper Christmas in our new home we stayed here and cooked for family on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day. One of the best things has been having time to get in my craft room and play with the festive Like For Ever Kit called 'Wish List'.

This Christmas has seen lots of 'firsts' in our household and I didn't have photos to document them all so I used some generic Christmas décor photos and added a list of 'firsts' as the journaling. I was playing around with the settings on my camera to get these monochrome photos just right.

I have had this photos for years! It is a photo taken of my cutie pussy cat called 'Millie' when she was a kitten. This was her first Christmas and she was such a poser! I used a couple of the Coco Vanilla 'Tis the Season' collection die cut embellishments as my title. This is a really simple page and I'm not entirely happy with it. I feel like there is just something missing but can't put my finger on it

I can't resist my layers and the next layout has even more! I found some old yellow/gold star gems that worked perfectly with the embellishments on this layout.

This is another photo that has been around in my craft room for a while. It was taken by my cousins wife in 2013 when we were down for our annual Christmas visit. I absolutely love Christmas and we look so happy here I thought it would be a good thing to document.

The 'Wish List' Kit has been amazing! I have managed to get 7 layouts, 1 décor piece and some handmade embellishments for gift bags all from the kit.

I have a couple more layouts to photograph but the light over the last few days has been awful. The weather tonight is very stormy but thankfully I'm tucked up in the armchair under a fluffy blanket.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 25 December 2015