Sunday, 26 June 2016

~ Scraplifting ~

Happy Sunday! Its a lovely sunny day here so I'm taking the opportunity to photograph some of my recent layouts.

Now I'm not one to normally scrap lift other peoples layouts but I saw two striking pages created by ladies over on the Like For Ever Subscribers Facebook group and I knew their designs would fit my photos perfectly.

First up I used this page by Natalie Gibbons as my inspiration for a Vietnamese layout.

(Natalie's original page)

My page uses much brighter colours and I chose to use three black and white photos.

What I have enjoyed about this process is seeing how different a page can be because it has used different products and photos. I've used the June Like For Ever Kit 'In Bloom' for both my layouts and tried to embrace the bold colours. I've used this method of putting 3 6x4 portrait photos together across the page before but what struck me about Natalie's was the use of the cluster of frames in the bottom left corner.

I'm trying desperately to finish scrapbooking my Vietnam/Cambodia 2012 trip before heading off on our next adventure to Uzbekistan in September. I very much doubt I will get it finished but I will at least be closer.

The next layout I took inspiration from was this layered page by Christina Howard.
(Christina's Original Page)

I chose to use three photos instead of the single one on my page as I wanted to capture the different aspects of the story.

I already love layering paper & embellishments behind my photos but this took it to another level as there is just one area of decoration and a lot of white space. I love the concept and the final page but for me there needs to be a few more elements outside of the single cluster.

Again I used the Like For Ever 'In bloom' kit but I also added in the Ali Edwards 'Reading' story stamp set. It was also the stamp set that was the original inspiration for telling this story about how I decided to lay on the floor of our conservatory (before we had furniture) and read because the weather was so nice.

Thanks for reading.

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 19 June 2016

~ In to the woods ~

I'm back again with another Latvia layout from the Ligatnes Nature Trails in Latvia. This time we were on the look out for Brown Bears.

To tie it in with the previous layout I have used the same Jillibean Soup 'Mushroom Medley' papers and the same large alpha and stickers as the pages will be side by side in the album. They almost look like a double page spread but they aren't.

I didn't mention on the previous post but I have added in some Ali Edwards stamps from the 'Wild' story stamp set as they worked perfectly with the theme. I am loving getting these every month along with the process videos and educational content.

We had already walked round the whole trail and the bears were no where to be seen but just as we were sat having an ice cream nearby they decided to come out of their house and explore. It was great to see the animals native to Latvia spread round a 5 km wooded trail, although some were rather elusive.

Happy Crafting!


Friday, 17 June 2016

~ Like For Ever Sunday Challenge ~

Today I'm over on the Like For Ever Blog with their Sunday Challenge to use the phrase 'Let me tell you about...' Please head over to see the completed layout using this month's 'In Bloom' Kit. It is a fantastic brightly coloured kit which I am loving using.

This is my cover page for my Latvia layouts. I am trying to use some kraft cardstock on each layout to try and make them look cohesive. Lets see if that happens!

Happy Crafting!


~ Adventure Awaits ~

Good morning from a dull and grey UK. Unfortunately  our few days of sunshine the other week have let to a period of cloud and heavy rainfall. Not ideal for spending time in our new conservatory.

So for my scrapbooking I'm looking back to sunnier times and creating pages of our trip to Latvia for my travel album. I usually put my short trips in my year album but I suspect I will create too many layouts this year for it all to go in one album.

I've printed off a few 9x12 photos from this trip as there are some that I really would like to showcase and this is one of them. It's quite a simple photo but really love how the trees stand out against the bright blue sky.

I bought these Jillibean Soup papers and stickers from Hey Little Magpie especially for the layouts from this day as their 'Mushroom Medley' collection.

I'm desperately trying to use up some of my older stash and mix it in with my newer stuff so on this layout the large alphabet stickers spelling 'awaits' are left over from a class I did at GoGoGetaway at least 2 years ago. The orange speech bubble journaling card was also from my older stash and I'm not sure who it was made by.

I added some decoration to the top left corner of he photo to try and tie it in with the busy cluster at the bottom right. I used a few stickers from different collections and some enamel dots.

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 4 June 2016

~ Cafe Parunasim ~

Life has run away with me since documenting 'Week in the Life' and I haven't even started my album for it yet. With work, conservatory, trips away, booking our next adventure and buying a new car its been crazy here!

I've had a go at using a double page sketch recently for a layout featuring photos from my holiday to Latvia. I found the sketch over on the Stick It Down challenge blog. I'm not usually a fan of double pages but I had too many nice photos from this café that I wanted to use.

I've been taking Shimelle's Scrapbook Process Class (although I am mega behind!) so I've decided that for my Latvia layouts I'm going to use kraft cardstock as an element to tie the pages together similar to what she did for her backpacking albums.

I used the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Free Spirit' collection mostly but I am now left with very little patterned paper left. There is quite a lot of 'white' space on the page above which I really wasn't sure about until I put both pages together in my album.

I flipped this page of the sketch so it fitted the photos I had. My photos are different sizes to the sketch so I used one less to allow me to add my journaling. 

The two small photos are raised up with foam dots to make them stand out and add some more dimension to the page.

We actually visited this café twice in one day it was that good. We first stopped for a hot chocolate in the morning but went back in the afternoon for coffee and cake as they looked so nice. We certainly were not disappointed.

Thanks for reading.

Happy crafting!