Saturday, 3 October 2015

~ Like For Ever - Acorn Avenue ~

Good evening! I'm sat watching the celebrities shaking their stuff on Strictly Come Dancing. It can only mean one thing - Christmas is on its way!
So on Friday I was fortunate enough to have a whole day and evening to myself with no plans (this makes a massive change as usually I am running round doing jobs on my day off!). I decided to have a PJ day and spend my time catching up on trashy TV and scraping.
I managed 3 layouts using the Like For Ever 'Acorn Avenue' Kit. I'm absolutely loving this kit. It is very much my style and colour palette. The blue glittery thickers are AMAZING!
I remembered pinning a layout on pinterest which used lots of strips of paper attached to one side of the page. However, when I looked back it turned out nothing like that layout apart from the strips. I'm a massive fan of Pinterest and love searching it for ideas.
This layout shows me doing one of my other favourite hobbies. I love to read a good book. I always used to read crime & thriller but have recently taken a liking to easy reading chic lit type novels and stories based in India.
I would never have bought puffy stickers if it wasn't for the kits I have been getting but I now love them. This is another of those Pinterest layouts that don't really turn out like what I originally saw.
I'm back with my layers and this time I pulled out my distress tool to add texture and then inked them with distress ink 'Pumice Stone'.
I struggle to get a decent photo of my partner as he is either pulling a funny face or has a stupid big grin. Despite this I sometimes manage to capture fun photos of him larking about. He might annoy me but always manages to make me laugh and smile.
The die cut embellishment pack in the kit had quite a few acetate elements which I wasn't sure I particularly liked but they have created lovely subtle layers around my photo.
I love the blue transparent words and phrases that are part of the Cedar Lane collection. The words are easy to use in lots of different themes. I can't stop raving about this month's kit, I LOVE IT!!!

This layout was inspired by a fellow kit subscriber who created a layout with a photo of herself which showed her 'perceived' flaws. She then inspired the owner of the blog Nicola to do the same by blogging a photo where she had originally been critical of herself. I wanted to capture this in a layout by highlighing that 'the key to happiness' is how we feel about ourselves. We should be less critical and just embrace the life we have and the people we choose to spend it with.
Happy Crafting!

Friday, 2 October 2015

~ Wanderlust ~

Good evening!
I've had a lovely scrappy day so far today. I've had the day off and my other half is out at the Rugby tonight so I have had the house to myself. I've made 3 layouts today using the 'Acorn Avenue' Like For Ever kit but it was too dark to take decent photographs tonight. I'll try to post them over the weekend. 
So here is another layout with last month's kit. I'm trying to get my India album up to date although I still have loads of photos to get through.
I was worried the multicoloured/patterned chipboard thickers would be quite hard to use as I wasn't sure they would stand out against the papers but this has changed my opinion.

I love layering up patterned paper and die-cuts so again I have done so o try and draw attention to the photo. I have used a smaller photo size as there was alot of 'space' around the elephant but I wanted it to stand out as the main feature.

We drove past this beautiful creature, stopped the minibus, jumped out and waited patiently for it to wander round the corner of the road. It was the first time we had seen an elephant on our trip but would be the last.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

~ Funny faces ~

Hello there! My job means I have to work night shifts which my body doesn't particularly enjoy but one advantage is getting a few extra days off in the week to get creative. I love looking back through my scrapbook and remembering all the good times I've had.

This is another layout featuring the August Like For Ever kit. I'm so pleased that I managed to get 8 pages done from this kit and it has to be my favourite so far.

I loved the cute little puffy stickers that I got with this kit. I can't remember if they were an add on or not. I Played around with my grunge Stampin Up stamps to add to the misted background. I always used to use a full sheet of patterned paper for my backgrounds but I'm really enjoying the 'white space' type pages at the moment (still with lots of layers though!).

This photo is of my fiancé and his niece at the rugby this summer. I've blurred her face to keep her anonymous. The girls often lose concentration at the matches so I often entertain them by looking at the photos on my phone or taking selfies. It's not the best photo but it really portrays a fun day out.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

~ As the leaves turn ... ~

Good evening! It has been a beautiful Autumn day here. Unfortunately I have been unwell over the last few days and have been off work. So to try and cheer myself up I have been playing with the new kit from Like For Ever. This month's kit is called Acorn Avenue and features mostly Pink Paislee Cedar Lane collection.

I saw on Pink Paislee's Instagram feed last week a small wreath decorated with This collection so I decided to create my own version. I'm really pleased with how it turned out as I didn't look at the original photo and just when with my instincts.

I added a few pieces from my stash. The burlap ribbon and card stock are from Stampin' Up. I printed some leaf templates off the web and then hand cut them to create a base.

I fussy cut some flowers and leaves from a piece of Cedar Lane patterned paper to add embellishment along with some pieces from the die cut pack in the kit. I'm really happy with the final piece. I love layers and this certainly shows this!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

~ A Good Day ~

For my fiancées birthday we had a weekend in London. We spent part of the time at the Natural History Museum. I snapped quite a few selfies whilst we were away including these two. This again was another sketch and used the last Like For Ever kit with a couple of bits added from my stash.

I love the banner effect. I added extra tags to what the sketch showed as I wanted more layers. I can't ever have too many! I really enjoy using sketches although quite often I look at them as a starting point and then go a bit off piste.

I absolutely loved the little heart puffy stickers that came from the wonder collection. They are so cute! I could have used loads!

Monday, 21 September 2015

~ The Big Hoot ~

Happy Monday! 
(I can say this as I'm not working today)

This layout using last month's Like For Ever Kit. The new one should be winging its way to me as you read this. Can't wait to get it as its full of Pink Paislee Cedar Lane goodies. Back to this page. I used a sketch from page maps which Nicola kindly included with the kit this month. It was perfect as I needed to incorporate quite a few photos. I'm really pleased with the end result.

The layout shows 6 of the 56 owls my friends and I saw when we spent the day walking round Birmingham. The Owls were decorated by artists and sponsored by companies in order to raise money for the city's children's hospital. We had great fun following the trail and walking miles, finished off with a lovely meal at Jamie's Italian.

Friday, 18 September 2015

~ Going Pink ~

TGI Friday! It's been a busy week at work so I'm looking forward to a weekend with my fella. We are off to Southport Airshow on Saturday, which is not really my thing but he'll enjoy it.

This layout is to document the start of my pink hair phase. It's not overly obvious on this photo as it is only subtle highlights but I have since had more put in. 

This layout was inspired by something I saw ages ago on Pinterest. I have used metallic gelatos to creat the colour on the patterned paper. The paper and embellishments are from the Maggie Holmes Confetti range. I made the central bow using the Stampin' Up bow punch. This is a really versatile punch. I'm planning to use it on my Christmas present tags.

Hope you all have a good weekend and I'll be back Monday with more of my Life Forever Kit layouts. 

Saturday, 12 September 2015

~ Joking around on out travels ~

I thought I'd share this fun layout on a very busy weekend for me. Tomorrow I'm running a Girl Guide Team Challenge Day. I've spent the last few days putting the activities together. 

I usually scrap one or two photos per page but occasionally I want to document something which takes more photos to tell the story. This layout is from my trip to India in January. We went walking in a tea plantation and whilst a fellow traveller was taking our photo my fiancé started messing around. We managed to get some great real life photos.

This layout uses the Pinkfresh 'Happy Things' collection. I absolutely love the ombré canvas tags. Because the photos take up much of the page I didn't want to add too many layers or big embellishments. I wasn't sure about the coloured alpha stickers in the collection but I do really like how they look on this layout.

My fingers are crossed for good weather tomorrow and I'm hoping everyone has a good time. Scrapbooking is on my agenda for Monday as I think I will need to relax before starting back at work.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 10 September 2015

~ Lets Eat Cake! ~

Well the last few days of nights have been very tiring! Although I'm now looking forward to the 5 days off. I'm intending on getting plenty of scrapping done. 

 I've had this photo for ages. It shows the lemon and poppy seed courgette cake that I have made a few times. It is a favourite at work although it's outcome varies depending on the water content of the courgettes.

When I saw the Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Collection I knew this would be perfect for using with my baking photos. I love the paste colours mixed in with the bright red. I love making little flags to layer up under patterned paper mats. I wasn't sure I would use the self inking stamp from the collection but have now used it a couple of times just to add a little detail.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 7 September 2015

~ Stick It Down - September Challenge ~

Wow, I don't know where this year is going! 

We are here with another fabulous sketch challenge over on Stick It Down. I'm loving being part of their design team.  

I loved making this layout. It documents both my love of cooking and the region of the UK I live in. In Yorkshire we are well known for our dialect and accent. This layout showcases a photo of steak pie made using Wood St Brewery Stout Beer and Hendersons Relish sauce both made close to my home.

It's rubbish weather here and the nights seem to be drawing in. It seems like Autumn is well on its way. I love the summer months but love the colour of Falling leaves.

Happy Crafting!