Wednesday, 10 January 2018

London Eye

This final layout from last year is of our ride on the London Eye in summer 2015. It is a scraplift of a layout by Steffanie Seiler.  

My base for the layout was sheet of white cardstock matted on a sheet of black cardstock. A black circle (which ended up being almost completely covered ) was created by stitching on the layout with the sewing machine.

I layered a variety of papers from Simple Stories and my photos were matted on black cardstock to make than stand out against the bright coloured patterned papers.

My title was created using  alphabet stickers and a cut file cut on the Craft-Robo. Acrylic dots, die cuts and stickers finished off the page.

Moments to Remember

This layout of my daughter was inspired by a layout by US Scapbooker Ashley Horton but turned out quite different to the original.

My base was a sheet of navy patterned paper which was matted on a sheet of red patterned paper. 

The cut file was by Paige Evans and I filled the open spaces with various scraps of red paper.

Before sticking the cut file onto the layout I flipped it over and drew round the outline with a pencil onto the right hand half the layout. The pencil outline was then stitched using some red embroidery thread.

My 6x4 photograph was matted onto white cardstock and stuck onto the layout and the layout was finished off with sequins, and die cuts.

Be Happy

This layout very simple layout was creating almost entirely using the now retired Simple Stories Vintage Bliss collection.

I used two of the double sided sheets of the 6x12 elements papers. One sheet was cut in half vertically and the right half was layered on top of the right half of the reverse of the other sheet.
My photos were mounted on the left half and the right half was embelished with elements which were fussy cut from other sheets of Vintage Bliss paper and stickers. 

Love These Friends

This layout is based on a layout by US Scrapbooker Suzanna Lee.

The photograph I have used on my layout was taken of my daughter and her friends as a birthday party in 2016.

The base for my layout was a 12x12 sheet of white cardstock and slightly smaller sheets of black and white cardstock was mounted on top of this. A coloured edge was created by tucking scraps of different pieces of patterned paper underneath. The scraps were from the October Afternoon Fly a Kite Collection. A wiggly border of white thread was also stitched using the sewing machine.

After preparing the base I matted my 5x7 photo on more of the October Afternoon paper and black cardstock and layered this onto the base.

The title was cut from more of the patterned paper and black cardstock using the Craft-Robo.

Die cuts from a Kaisercraft 'Happy Snaps' pack of collectables were used to embelish the layout and glitter was also added to some of these.

Details were added with teeny tiny alphabet stickers.

You're a Scream

This layout, created last year, features an A4 photo of my daughter taken in front of the mural painted on a wall on Sheringham sea front. 

My base for this layout was a sheet of Graphic 45's Voyage Beneath the Sea 12x12 paper. The photo was framed top and bottom with strips of paper from Simple Stories.

My title was cut from kraft card on the Craft Robo and teeny tiny alphabet stickers were also used to add additional details.

Die cuts from a Kaisercraft travel themed pack were added as well as adhesive pearls and a star fish button which I've had in my stash since I started scrapbooking nearly 15 years ago! It was about time it got used!

Skegness is so Bracing

I took the photograph used on this layout on Skegness seafront in October 2016. The sun was reflecting on the water and it looks like quite a warm day but it was FREEZING! Very Bracing!

The base for my 12x12 layout was a sheet of wood grain paper from Simple Stories and two further strips of Simple Stories paper were used to frame the photo top and bottom.

The page was embelished with clusters of die cuts from MME, elements cut from paper, wood shapes, acrylic dots and a button.

The title was cut from black card on the Craft-Robo and the date was added with tiny alphabet/number stickers.

Sleepy Puss-Cat

Another scrapbook page that didn't make it to my blog last year .....

This layout was a scaplift of a layout by Kerry Bruce and features a photo of my sleepy cat.

I used a sheet of white card as my base which I matted on sheet of turquoise card. Scraps of turquoise and pink paper were used to mat the photograph and were layered beneath.

Before sticking down the papers I machine stitched two circles in the centre of the layout using black thread. Puffy stickers, adhesive pearls and wooden stars decorated the stitched circles.

My title was made from Basic Grey alphabet stickers which were stuck onto a tag made from some scrap card. Bakers Twine was added as well as die cuts from a My Mind's Eye Meow Mixed Bag

Station Porter Hills

This vintage style layout, completed last year, features a wonderful photograph of my Grandad (on the right in the photo) taken in the 1950s when he was a Railway Station Porter. 

I used papers from the Carta Bella Old World Travel Collection. The papers are a nice weight and have a lovely texture.

As well as using stickers from the collection pack, I also used some die cut shapes from a travel themed ephemera pack

I re purposed a metal button from an old jacket as an embellishment.

The layout was finished off with title lettering cut on the craft-robo, alphabet stickers,  and metal snaps.

Such a Persistent Parrot!

Whilst doing some sorting out recently I came across some layouts which I put together last year but never made it to my blog. 

This layout features a photo taken during a day out at The Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in October 2016. There is a large walk through aviary at the park where visitors can get close up and personal with the many birds. This cheeky Parakeet took a shine to my daughter (or maybe the apple she fed it!) and wouldn't leave her alone.

I used lots of spray mists on the layout to change the base paper from a very pale cream colour to a vibrant  green and red. I also used a mask and inks to create a 'chicken wire' effect.

Scraps of coordinating patterned papers and a journaling card were layered.

Gems, wooden shapes. alphabet stickers and acrylic dots were added.


Monday, 2 October 2017

2017 Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt

This summer I again took part in the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt which this year Mary-Lou of Patio Postcards and Lady Ella at The Flowers of Progress devised.

Here are my photos taken between 1st June and 30th September:

1. Something fuzzy
A fuzzy bumble bee on field scabies 

2. Bubbles
Bubbles in a water feature at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

3. A web
Spiders web on the washing line one morning

4. A zig zag
Inverted bell sculpture at Kidwelly Castle

5. A seasonal relaxing space/item
New patio furniture

6. A pipe
A pipe retained in captivity by a POW displayed at the Duxford Imperial War Museum

7. The inside of something
The inside of a hole in a stone at the WWT Wetlands Centre at Llaneli

8. Rust or something derelict
Metal sculpture at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

9. A kite or balloon
A red kite bird at the British Bird of Prey Centre in the National Botanic Garden of Wales

10. Something Yellow
The Tiger Moth plane which my daughter had a flight in in June.

11. A toy only found out during June to September
My son's Spitfire car - a big boys toy which is only suitable for 'playing with' during the summer!

12. A wedding
A bit of a cheat! A photograph of a photo of our wedding, the 30th anniversary of which we celebrated 
in September.

I did attempt to take a photograph of the wedding scene at the Chapterhouse outdoor production of 
Jane Eyre we attended but failed miserably due to the darkness!

13. A dome
The dome of the Archer Pavilion at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

14. Someone fishing
My daughter fishing

15. Something crafted from wood
A heart crafted from drift wood. this was on the wall of the holiday home we stayed at in the summer.

16. A baby (human or animal)
Baby swans (cygnets) at the WWT Wetlands Centre at Llaneli.

17. Circles or crosses in architecture
Circular window in the Archer Pavilion at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

18. A fan
The USB fan I bought when it became particularly hot in our office at work.

19. Feet of man or beast
My cats feet.

20. Something found under ground
Garlic bulbs at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

21. A plaque
One of many plaques at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

22. A dial
Dial on a vintage car at the Autokarna, a classic car show at Wollaton Park, Nottingham

23. Something powered by wind
Small wind turbine used to power the lights around the Welsh Water Discovery Centre at the National  Botanic Garden of Wales.

24. Seasonal food or drink
Pimms at Royal Ascot

25. A hat
My Royal Ascot hat